Frank Zeigler admits he initially wasn't happy when he switched from running back to quarterback this season.
Now, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior holds a different opinion of the move, which Lower Cape May Regional High School coach Mike Wilson made so Zeigler would have the ball in his hands more often.
Zeigler set a Cape-Atlantic League record for most points in a game when he scored 39 as Lower got its first win of the season with a 59-32 victory over Pleasantville last Friday. Zeigler broke the record of 38 set by Kevin Sinclair of Ocean City in 1994. Zeigler ran for 258 yards and five touchdowns, scored four two-point conversions and also kicked an extra point.
"Now seeing the success I've had a quarterback, I don't think it was a bad move at all," he said. "Now teams can't key on me as much. They don't know if I'm running or passing."
Zeigler also changed positions on defense this season, moving from safety to linebacker.
He has been selected to play in the Blue-Grey National All Star Classic on Jan. 12, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium - the home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game features the top 90 players from the more than 4,200 athletes who participated in Blue-Grey Regional Combines this summer.
Several NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) colleges, including Towson, Delaware and Villanova, are recruiting Zeigler.
In a telephone conversation Tuesday, Zeigler spoke about several topics.
On playing quarterback instead of running back: It's a lot more responsibility. I have to run the offense, run the team and make sure everybody's heads are right. I have to make sure during the week (by watching video) that I see the safeties' tendencies, see the cornerbacks' tendencies and see the linebackers' tendencies.
On Lower's season so far: The kids we needed to step up finally stepped up last game. I think we finally realized we shouldn't be 1-3. We have talent.
On being one of the team's most experienced players: If anybody needs help in practice, I'm right there. They know they can sit down and talk to me and I'll help them out.
On moving from safety to linebacker: Linebacker is one of my favorite positions. I'm all pumped up. I'm ready to shut down the run game and shut down everything.
On playing in the Blue-Grey National All Star Classic: I'm ecstatic. I cannot wait to step on the field and show them that I'm worthy to play in the game. I'm excited. I want to show the nation what I can do.
On which position he wants to play in college: I'll play wherever they want me to play. I just want to get on the field. I can play anywhere.