Athlete of the Week – Eric Kline

Posted: September 8, 2010 in 2010 Football Season
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From StarTribune.com

ERIC KLINE
Blaine, football

In 2009, Kline, then a junior, was understandably insecure.

A wide receiver the previous season, Kline was taking over at quarterback, a position of high importance and responsibility in Blaine’s potent spread offense.

“I was unsure of myself,” he said. “It was my first time playing quarterback, and I was nervous.”

But Kline proved a natural at the position, passing for nearly 1,700 yards with a 70 percent completion rate and rushing for more than 800 yards.

Fast forward to Thursday evening. Kline, a year older and infinitely more confident, led the Bengals to a 45-23 victory over rival Anoka in the season opener. His performance was nearly flawless, completing 20 of 25 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 93 yards and two additional touchdowns.

“I was a little nervous, but that’s because this is my senior year,” Kline said. “This is it, playing with your buddies for the last time. You can’t hold anything back. But on the field, I felt very confident and stronger than I did last year.”

Kline declined to take much credit for his play, however, preferring to recognize the team as a whole.

“We have a bunch of great players back this year,” he said. “This is not a one-man deal.”

Kline did admit, however, that playing quarterback in the Bengals system is a sweet assignment.

“You always have the ball in your hands, and you’re making decisions,” he said. “We have a ton of playmakers. I feel comfortable giving the ball to any one of them and knowing that they will make the play. It’s a lot more fun than the old pound-it-inside, 3-yards-and-a cloud-of-dust style we used to play.”

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