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January 24, 2013

To Play or not to Play, No Longer any Question

Robert Anae has been on a tear recruiting offensive linemen to bolster the Cougar's depleted position group in the trenches for 2013, and among those commitments is JUCO center Quincy Awa-Dubose who is hoping to replace graduated and likely NFL-bound center Braden Hansen. This is quite the accomplishment for Quincy, who just two years ago wasn't sure if he'd play any football beyond high school.

"I grey-shirted my first year (after high school), and I was just working and going to school and I wasn't sure if I was going to play football anymore. Then my dad started coaching the offensive line for Moorpark College so I decided to come back and start playing and I did my two years there and now I'll do my next two or three years at BYU."

"I'm actually not sure why I didn't have any offers coming out of high school, my dad told me that schools were looking at me and that they were going to offer me. Then something about my grades because I failed a spanish class in high school so I think that set me back a little bit, and I didn't do too good in a math class either. So I think that was part of it, so then I went to a JC."

Moorpark College made a good decision to hire Quincy's dad, as he brought Quincy and his little brother with him. It was definitely a good decision on Quincy's part to pick up football again, as he's set to compete for a spot playing at the highest level in college football.

"Coach Howell called me a couple of weeks ago and he told me that BYU was interested in me and interested in recruiting me, and then they called me about a week ago and told me that they wanted to fly me out there to look at the campus and look at the people. I really liked it when I was out there, I really enjoyed the coaches, they were all really nice, they always said please and thank-you and opened doors for their wives. You don't see that where I'm from very much, so it was a good experience... I straight fell in love with the campus and everybody there, it was really good so I just decided to commit two days after the visit."

Quincy really didn't know much of anything about BYU before his official visit, having grown up in Oxnard, California. Wyoming had been expressing interest in him but he had seen enough at the visit to the campus in Provo to know that BYU was where he wanted to be.

"I'm Catholic so the rules over at BYU kind of apply to Catholicism also, so it won't be that hard of a change for me, because my mom raised me to be Catholic. I actually didn't know anything (about BYU), except for that one of my friends used to play there. After the trip, I knew that everybody is just really respectful, I like the coaching staff, all of the students over there dressed accordingly. I really liked that because where I'm from everybody has long hair, beards everywhere, they're scruffy, some people go around without shirts on. Over there, everybody was dressed accordingly, and I really liked that, I like how people carry themselves over there. I actually like the rules about no drinking and drugs because I think it will keep everybody on the right path for school, make it easier for them."

"I like how the coaches would all come up and talk to me all the time, they wouldn't just sit back. None of them cussed either, I liked that, it was a good change for football coaches, all of them were respectful and had good manners, they would stand up when you came to the table and shake your hand."

"I like how the players are all really respectful, in the weight room they all work really hard. They're all really nice too, most of them came up to the table and would sit down and talk to us for a few minutes and then they would go and talk to other players, they weren't just standing in the back staring at us."

Quincy's parents also came away very impressed on their first visit to the campus. It's certainly not a bad thing when a JUCO offensive line coach sends his son to your program and has another son just a year behind him.

"They loved it, it exceeded they're expectations is what they always said, I think they said that about ten times. They really loved the place, the coaching staff, the parents, and they love all of the players."

Quincy appears to be another talented under the radar recruit that the Cougar coaching staff has identified and brought on-board. Coach Tujague appears to be who found Quincy, and based on the timeline, asking Coach Howell to call Quincy must have been one of the first things Tujague did as BYU's offensive line coach. Quincy really must have worked over Tujague's defensive linemen to be on the forefront of Tujague's mind like that... "I guess so!"

"Coach Tujague is real cool, he's from California also, he coached at one of the JC teams that we played this last year. I think I remember seeing him out there. I asked one of my friends about him and he liked him also. Coach Tujague was at my house last night and was getting along with me and my parents for two hours, we were just eating, and he can eat a lot and I can eat a lot too. It was good."

Quincy is also excited to work with Coach Anae as well, who told him that he will be working with the offensive linemen a lot, and he didn't get the impression that Anae would be coaching the tight ends position group.

"Coach Anae knows his stuff, definitely. That's also what made me want to come to BYU because when he was explaining to us what kind of offense he was going to run, and the schemes, I really liked that. I could understand what he was talking about. He told me that they are going to go, go, go this year and that's definitely what I'm trying to do. He just told me that we're going to be passing and running the ball a lot. I was under the assumption that we were just going to be passing the ball, so I like that we're going to be mixing it up a little bit, and get some variation in there."

"They told me that I have a good chance of starting, I just need to come in doing good and being ready to play. They have a couple more centers over there also, and they recruited another player that can play center. So it should be a good competition and I'm ready for it."

Whether he starts or not, he's certainly a big and strong offensive lineman who will bring much needed depth. It has been a long time since he last maxed out in his lifts, but last time he did he benched 400 pounds and squatted 525 pounds. His regular lifting routine involves him benching three or four sets of ten reps at 275 pounds. Standing 6-foot-2, 315-pounds, the coaching staff has asked him to get down to 300 lbs when he reports for fall camp after he finishes his classes at Moorpark Community College this summer. He has gotten some good training and faced some pretty stiff competition while at Moorpark that should have him ready to compete for a position in the two deep at BYU this fall.

"I feel like I have good footwork and good hand work, I still need to be taught more though, there's a lot of stuff I still don't know. I feel like my speed is pretty good also for my size."

"We did play against LA Pierce and they have the number one D-Lineman in the nation (Marquel Combs). Me and my little brother who played left guard next to me, I don't think he got past us once, and he didn't have any sacks that game. So that was a good game, and I think he had like 40 offers this year. Yeah, I had to block him one on one, numerous times in run blocking and pass blocking too I blocked him one on one. It was good, I was comfortable, I felt comfortable with myself. I had a good O-Line and a good quarterback back there. I actually didn't give up any sacks this season, I didn't do too bad this year. I probably had 7 or 9 pancakes per game. No, I didn't feel outmatched by Combs, he was good though. I felt like he could have given a little more effort, I don't know if he was holding back or what."

There aren't too many offensive linemen that faced Combs this year that didn't feel outmatched, and since Quincy's come this far, he certainly isn't going to hold back anything either.


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