- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

Greg Kendrick knew he was inheriting a talented quarterback in Ty Storey after he was named the Charleston head coach following the 2012 season.

Even Kendrick, though, didn’t fully understand the amount of work Storey put in his craft to back up that talent - at least not until after the 6-foot-3, 220-pound signal caller went out and led the Tigers to the Arkansas Class 3A state championship this season.

Storey’s season-long romp through the state, which included a six-touchdown performance in a championship-game win over Glen Rose, was more than enough to earn his selection as the quarterback on the 2013 Associated Press Super Team.

The junior finished the season 268-of-408 passing (66 percent), throwing for 52 touchdowns for 4,241 yards as the Tigers won their fourth state championship since 2005. This season’s championship came in the first year under Kendrick, who moved up to head coach from offensive coordinator after Doug Loughridge left for Alma.

“I couldn’t ask for a better situation to step into, especially as a head coach,” Kendrick said. “Ty makes my job and play-calling extremely easy, knowing that he’s in my back pocket.

“It makes for an easy transition when your leaders are your hardest-working kids like Ty.”

Storey’s rise to the top of the quarterback crop in Arkansas has come as little surprise for most, especially after the son of one-time Charleston coach Shane Storey committed to play at Arkansas prior to his junior season.

Kendrick, who coached at Greenwood before coming to Charleston as an assistant, said the Tigers began transitioning from the run-based Wing-T offense to more of an open attack when Ty Storey was a seventh-grader.

They completed that transition in 2012, Storey’s sophomore season, in which he threw for 4,460 yards and 49 touchdowns.

“At a small school, I feel like you have to adjust your offense to your kids,” Kendrick said. “It was a no-brainier with Ty.”

Storey was even better this season as a junior, throwing just one of his 11 interceptions over his final six games as Charleston averaged 41 points per game in five playoff games, including the 42-19 win over Glen Rose in the championship game.

Storey chose his home-state Razorbacks over Southeastern Conference powers such as Alabama and Auburn, hoping to limit the recruiting attention as much as possible.

Kendrick said Storey is too busy practicing his craft, even while playing basketball and baseball, to notice the outside attention. The two have already been working to address some mechanical issues in Storey’s throwing motion, based on tips provided by Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.

“He’s the ultimate perfectionist,” Kendrick said. “He’s not close to accomplishing his goals and what he wants out of his football career yet.”

While Storey highlighted the offensive selections, four defensive players were repeat selections. Springdale Har-Ber’s Josh Frazier, who is committed to Alabama, was joined for the second straight year by Class 6A champion El Dorado’s Bijhon Jackson, an Arkansas commit, on the defensive line.

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