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Jahnke Aims for Starting QB Job

Jahnke (in yellow) scans the field to find the open receiver during an August 2019 practice in Forest City, Iowa.  (Photo credit to Kristine Kingland)

By Zach Throne

Going into his senior season, Logan Jahnke hopes to become QB1 for the Waldorf football team.

He has spent his first three seasons being third or fourth on the depth chart at the quarterback position. This spring, All-American Hilton Joseph and backup Ed Dominguez both graduate from the Waldorf program, opening the starting spot.

Jahnke, from Blue Earth, Minnesota, attributes a lot of his throwing ability to playing baseball his whole life, similar to NFL stars Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson.

“Playing a ton of baseball has allowed me to throw with different arm angles and body positioning,” says Jahnke. “I definitely compare myself to Patty Mahomes and Russell Wilson because of that and my mobility to get away from the rush and extend the play.”

The struggle for Jahnke thus far in his career has never been physical, but more the mental side of being a college quarterback.

“Once Logan is able to fine tune his understanding of our complex offense, which is why (Joseph) was so good, Logan will be a really good QB for us,” says wide receiver Chris Jones.

Jahnke looked forward to a full spring practice season to hone his ability to understand the modified offense fully after Coach Littrell’s departure, but COVID-19 prevented any of it from happening.

However, facing adversity is something Jahnke is no stranger to.

At 15 years old, he was involved in a car accident in Blue Earth with two of his best friends at the time, Ethan and Chris. Logan escaped the accident with herniated discs in his back, and Chris just suffered bumps and bruises. Ethan, though, died at the scene of the accident.

Logan keeps Ethan on his mind when he plays, calling Ethan his inspiration for wanting to do his best in all things.

“I miss Ethan a lot, but he would be mad if I just dwelled on him and his death,” says Jahnke. “He’d want us to live our lives just like if he was still here, and that is what I plan to do.”

Jahnke will battle for the starting quarterback spot when August comes around, and he plans to be ready to take the job.