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Drew Pyne Grateful For The Chance To Work With QB Country

September 11, 2019

Drew Pyne‍ has known David Morris of QB Country since the 2020 quarterback was in eighth grade, so it’s no surprise the coach and player have an extremely tight bond and Pyne often puts pen to paper to let Morris know how much he cherishes their relationship, sending letters of gratitude after each session.

“I would consider him in between a brother and a dad for me,” Pyne says. “He’s a very good friend and role model I look up to. As a friend, role model and all of that stuff, being a coach would be at the bottom of the list, but at the same time, he’s an unbelievable coach.”

Morris’ QB Country is headquartered in Mobile, Ala., and has satellite sites in 10 cities across the Southeast, but none close to Pyne’s hometown of New Canaan, Conn.

Still, the future Notre Dame signal-caller finds time to work with Morris and the rest of his staff, including Thomas Morris of QB Country Nashville, as often as he can.

“Any time I ever go to him, I get 10 times better than I was before,” Pyne says. “He knows my strengths and weaknesses, but we work on every single aspect of my game whether it’s my strength or my weakness. You can never be too good at something, so we work on every single part of the game every time I see him.”

Morris trains high school, college and pro quarterbacks from Eli Manning, Daniel Jones and Nick Mullens to Jake Fromm and Jake Bentley.

If I were a quarterback in America, I’d try to get in touch with him.
- Drew Pyne on David Morris

“He trains a bunch of prominent guys in the quarterback world,” says Pyne. “Obviously, he has Eli Manning and Daniel Jones, who was the sixth pick in the draft this year. He trains unbelievable quarterbacks and helps them a lot, so credit to him.

“For me, when I’m able to be around these guys like AJ McCarron, Jake Coker, just after he won the national title, Jake Fromm, even the backup for Georgia right now Stetson Bennett, who’s a baller, and Daniel Jones. The list goes on of who he trains. You just try to take things from their game and incorporate it to yours. All of those guys are great guys. Dave chooses great quarterback and great people.”

Pyne appreciates the opportunity to learn from and compete with the other quarterbacks at QB Country.

“A good friend of mine is Jack West, who is going to play at Stanford soon,” he says. “We’re best friends off the field and when we go train, whether it’s in a really hostile environment or it’s just us two throwing, we always want to compete against each other and make ourselves better.

“We always have a 100-percent gamer mentality when we’re training. It’s a big part of QB Country and it’s all a credit to him because he developed it all.”

Pyne’s game has transitioned from a true dual-threat quarterback as a youngster to more of an athletic pocket passer today. Still, he’s increased his bench press to over 300 pounds while maintaining the speed and agility to clock a 4.03-shuttle at The Opening earlier this year.

“I play my own game and he and I know how I play,” says Pyne. “I’ve gotten a lot bigger since my freshman year. Obviously, when you’re 145, 146 pounds and running around, you’re going to be as quick as a cat. I’m 195 now and I’m still moving around.”

Pyne speaks with Morris on a weekly – and sometimes daily – basis.

“He’s just an unbelievable role model and an unbelievable coach. If I were a quarterback in America, I’d try to get in touch with him because he’s refined my game and personality on and off the field a lot. I’m very thankful to know him.”

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