During this past season, a player who made several appearances for consideration of our First Star Logistics Player of the Week honors was Mount Orab (Ohio) Western Brown sophomore quarterback Drew Novak.
The 6-foot-6, 185-pound Novak reminds me of former University of Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike at this stage of his development and has the numbers to back it up as he’s already thrown for 4,655 yards and 40 touchdowns in 17 games the past two seasons.
First Star Football Report spoke with the Class of 2023 quarterback about his development, lack of camps, and other restrictions due to Covid over the past several months.
“Not having camps this past summer kind of sucked,” said Novak. “But there was nothing I could do about it. Hopefully, I get the opportunity to go to them this summer.”
Despite interruptions from Covid, Novak didn’t allow shutdowns to affect his game this past season, throwing for 2,543 yards and 26 touchdowns. He gives credit where it’s due by having a head coach that likes to throw the football.
“It’s nice to throw the ball a lot as a quarterback,” he said. “Coach (Nick) Osborne makes it easy to read and keeps it simple.”
Also helping is having a group of reliable receivers that include his brother Dylan Novak.
“It’s nice having Dylan to throw to. However, when I don’t throw him the ball, I hear about it,” said Novak with a laugh. “Dylan is a big target.”
Like many, Novak grew up thinking it would be a different sport; he’d look to play at the college level.
“Growing up, I wanted to play basketball,” he said. “But now, I want to play football. I improved a lot this past season running the ball and feel my strength is reading defenses and making the right throw. I know I need to continue working on my arm strength.”
A solid student in the classroom with a 3.25 GPA, Novak is unsure what he’ll look to study in college. When asked about schools of interest, he stressed the door is wide open.
“I’ve just started emailing school, and a couple of schools have reached back,” he said. “There is no dream school, but I like what Clemson does on offense with Trevor Lawrence and their run-pass option attack.”
At his current pace, Novak has a chance to reach 10,000 yards passing during his career, and before he’s finished, college coaches are sure to take notice.
You can watch Novak in action in these highlights from this past season.