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July 27, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist talks about Elite 11

When asked what it felt like to be named the No. 4 quarterback at the Elite 11 camp, Mercer Island’s Jeff Lindquist said it is “something you should build on, not sit on.”

After statements like that, it is not a surprise the camp counselors named him the player with the best attitude. Lindquist spent last week in Malibu, Calif. on the Pepperdine University campus, competing against the nation’s top quarterbacks. He put together a very strong performance.

“It was definitely a tough camp,” the 6-foot-3, 225-pound quarterback said. “It wasn’t the kind you just showed up and they’re like, ‘congratulations for being picked.’ When we showed up it was, ‘all right, you guys are here, congrats now you’ve got to work your butt off.’ I learned a ton and so did all the other quarterbacks in attendance. I think, if you ask any one of them, they would say it was a grind, but well worth it in the end.”

Lindquist was one 24 quarterbacks invited to the camp. The goal was to be considered one of the top 11. At the end of the camp, three MVPs were named: Tanner Mangum, from Eagle, Idaho, Jameis Winston, from Hueytown, Ala. and Neal Burcham from Greenbriar, Ark.

Long days on the field turned into extensive study sessions at night. Lindquist said he stayed up until 3 a.m. a few times studying the playbook.

“We were dog tired, but fighting through it,” he said.

Joining Lindquist at the camp was fellow Washington recruit Cyler Miles (Mullen High School in Denver). In fact, the two future teammates were roommates.

“We’re working off each other to become better quarterbacks,” Lindquist said. “Competitively, in reality, we know that only one of us will play, but if we’re constantly competing for the starting spot then I think our Husky team is going to be in pretty good shape.”

However, there is still a high-school season to prepare for and Lindquist is confident the Islanders will be a force in KingCo 3A/2A.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “More than just me, I think a lot of guys on my team are really excited for the season. They’ve been working hard all spring, all summer. Our team this year, collectively, is looking to work hard and go win some football games.

“We’ve put in the work. We’re obviously still working. We definitely think we have a chance to make some noise if we come together and play well.”

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