Former gunslinger, new McMurry coach looks for quarterback to lead
ABILENE, Texas —
Jordan Neal knows how to play the quarterback position.
That much was evident through his stellar senior season at Cooper, which ended with him being named the Class 5A Player of the Year, and his record-breaking run at Hardin-Simmons.
Neal knows how to coach quarterbacks, too, and he knows what he's looking for in his next one as the new head football coach at McMurry.
"There's a lot of measurables you're looking for," said Neal following his introductory press conference in December.
"You've got to have a guy that has the arm talent. You can tell a lot about a guy when you see the ball jumps off his hand, but I think more than anything we're looking for a guy that is a leader."
Neal was hired from Hendrix College in Arkansas where his offenses broke Division III records, and he helped mold quarterbacks.
Two-year starting McMurry quarterback Kevin Hurley still has his senior season remaining. Hurley threw 15 touchdowns in 2018.
"A guy that those guys in the locker room will follow him into battle. They can look to that guy to make a play, and they can trust and rely on him," elaborated Neal.
"That's really, more so than the measurables, something I'll be looking for to recruit and continue to develop."