Quincy Downing is a physically imposing lineman for the undefeated 8th grade North Cobb Warriors. Standing every bit of 6’2, 300+, Downing is an absolute force on both sides of the ball at offensive and defensive tackle. His size and strength may have carried him in his first few years of playing football, but the growing technique and improved cardio is transitioning Downing into a star up front on the offensive line. He’s an honor student at school with A’s and B’s in all of his classes and a true football junkie. Downing is at the high school games supporting on Fridays nights and focusing on stats and standings around the league at the next level.
Playing in a versatile spread offense at North Cobb, Downing is getting valuable reps in both pass protection and run blocking each weekend. “My feet and hand placement help me stand out on offense,” said Downing. Quincy is a natural on the line combining his brute strength with the proper hand technique to overpower defenders in his path. His performances continue to impress as a game-changing lineman providing time for his quarterback in drop back situations and leading the way with big holes down field in running schemes.
“I love football. I love that it’s full contact. One on one, I love the competition and individual battles,” said Downing. “There’s nowhere for them to run. I feel I have an advantage in every one on one opportunity.” At an FBU camp recently, Downing dominated his reps against the middle school athletes so they moved him up with the high schoolers. His talent and size has him ready to compete and hold his own against kids at the high school level right now.
“In college, Jamaree Salyer (6’4, 325) is a player I look up to; he’s an offensive lineman at the University of Georgia. I love his intensity and the power he brings when he plays,” said Downing.
Defensively he is a disruptive plug in the middle at tackle. “On defense I like to drive them off the ball. I use my hands in ways I can’t on offense,” said Downing. “The McEachern game last week went back and forth for a while until we pulled away in the end, 36-14. On 3rd ad 7, they ran the ball straight up the middle at me. I lowered my shoulder and dropped the back before he could get to the line of scrimmage,” Downing explained.
“I want to go undefeated again this season and win a second state championship.”