Since he began playing football at age 6, Chandler Kincade has always played quarterback. He threw well as a child and enjoyed being in charge of things. He made the varsity as a freshman and soon took over the starting job. As a junior, he completed 154 of 245 passes for 2,220 yards and 16 touchdowns, good for the eighth-most yards among all WPIAL and City League players.
Kincade gave Pitt a verbal commitment when Todd Graham was the coach, but he re-evaluated his decision when Paul Chryst took over. This summer he committed to Akron because he liked the atmosphere former Auburn coach Terry Bowden is implementing. Kincade said he was recently on campus to watch the Zips scrimmage and believes they have the potential to turn things around after back-to-back-to-back 1-11 seasons. He hasn't decided what he'll major in yet but wants to become a college athletic director.
OUR QUESTIONS, HIS ANSWERS
What are your thoughts going into your final season? It feels like I've been playing high school forever. So this is my last go around. My teammates really want to go out on top.
How much is last year's early playoff exit [a 45-21 loss to Mars in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs] motivating your team this summer? We really didn't expect to be out that early. We thought we were one of the under-the-radar teams going into the playoffs. That [loss] definitely made us hungrier than we would've been.
Who's one of your receivers people are going to hear about this year? There's a lot. Really, there's a handful. We're really spreading it out.
Any personal goals for this season? I just want to make playoffs.
You said earlier in the interview the Akron coaches were "family-oriented" like your high school coaches. What did you mean by that? All the players really have great relationships with the coaches. When you go to college and you still want to come back and see those guys, I think that's cool.
What game are you most looking forward to and why? West Allegheny. Week 1. It's a little bit of everything. Last year we feel we should have had them. They're WPIAL champions too, so that adds some to the fire.
You're going out for ice cream. What kind are you getting? Chocolate-peanut butter-brownie. In a dish.
What's your favorite account to follow on Twitter? Adam Schefter, the ESPN reporter.
What pro do you want to be like? Tom Brady.