Soddy Daisy QB Hunter Maynor Leads Trojans With Toughness
Soddy Daisy, TN-(WDEF) When you listen to Soddy Daisy head coach Justin Barnes talk about his quarterback Hunter Maynor, you wonder if he’s discussing a linebacker.
It seems Maynor is a tough ombre with true grit.
Hunter Maynor won Soddy Daisy’s starting quarterback job last year thanks to all those quarterback intangibles.
Said Barnes,"Hunter is just a natural leader. He’s a hard worker. The biggest quality about Hunter besides his leadership is his toughness."
Since Maynor is a leftie, his teammates used to call him ‘Snake’, in honor of former Bama leftie QB Ken Stabler.
Maynor had to be as slippery as a snake during his first year last season when he threw for over 1,700 yards.
Said Barnes,"There were some times where he was taking a beating last year just because we were in a new system, and we struggled protection-wise."
Besides the big hits, Maynor also played with a hip injury that became too much to handle during baseball season.
"When I was lifting my leg to pitch, there was like a clicking. I had a bone spur, and it like nicked that tendon, and I eventually tore it. I had to have surgery. I pitched like two or three games with it torn."
Added Barners,"That kind of shows you the toughness that he has that he would fight through a very painful injury in your hip."
Maynor rehabbed this summer and was cleared to play football.
And in his first game last week against Hixson, he was 13 of 18 for 244-yards and five touchdowns.
Said Barners,"If we could get that every week, I would be a happy camper. He was just very efficient."
Maynor isn’t your typical Tom Brady GQ quarterback either.
He also wrestles.
"I have wrestled my whole life. It’s something I’ve been doing since I was four-years-old."
Said Barnes,"He’s not afraid to get in there and mix it up with the guys sometimes because he’s used to it with the wrestling."
Said Maynor,"Wrestling helps me with everything. Balance. Strength. Just the ability to do stuff. Wrestling will help anybody."