Former City League quarterbacks have made transitions from the turf of Cupples Stadium to major college football programs.
Greg McGhee chose a unique path to get there.
From our nation's capital, the former Perry quarterback lines up for Howard University -- one of the country's most noted historically black institutions -- where he has been the team's starter since 2011, his freshman season.
He was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's rookie of the year as a result of being among the league leaders in total offense with almost 1,800 yards passing and nearly 400 on the ground for the Division I-AA Bison (1-2).
Now a 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior, McGhee was recruited by Howard's offensive coordinator, Ted White, to run its pro-style, no-huddle offense because of his dual-threat ability.
"He has worked extremely hard with becoming a better decision-maker," said White, a former star Bison quarterback. "He puts real pressure on the defense by being able to determine if a read is gone and that he needs to tuck the ball and run. He can be very dangerous in that aspect."
Last year was McGhee's worst year, statistically, as he missed the first three games for an NCAA-imposed suspension due its investigation of the improper use of textbook allowances by student-athletes.
"It was a real humbling experience," McGhee said. "To know that no matter how high you are on the depth chart, you can be brought back down to reality in a heartbeat."
He finished with career lows in passing yards (1,038) and completion percentage (51.8).
Determined to turn things around, McGhee, so far, has amassed more than half of his 2012 passing yards with 639. This includes an efficient outing against Morehouse where he completed 77.8 percent of his passes (21 of 27), including three for scores.
"You can tell that he looks much more comfortable out there," White said. "He looks like he realizes that he doesn't have to make the huge play every time. He gets that it always doesn't go as expected and that he'll have another down to play."
In the Bison spread offense, McGhee has done just that, distributing the football. He has already found 10 receivers so far.
"You've got to love how he's embraced leading this football team," White added. "It's evident that he's been growing in this scheme and he's growing as a person, in general."
One thing that McGhee understands in his role as a starting quarterback under White -- who has played in both the NFL and CFL -- is that his coach isn't afraid to state the high expectations that he has for his players.
"He makes it very clear to me that I am never supposed to limit myself," he said. "I take the expectations that he sets for me and I apply it to the team. We are expected to be in the mix for the conference title every year and I expect nothing less."
McGhee's younger brother, DeSean, a Perry junior, is following in his brother's footsteps and plays the same position.
"Really, I'm proud," McGhee said. "We have a bye week coming and my plan is to come home for the weekend and watch him play. It's kind of tough being away at school because there are so many moments that I want to be there and teach him."