Price Prepares for Chance at the Next Level
March 11, 2014
By Kylie Hargreaves, WakeForestSports.com
In the fall of 2010, Austin, Texas native Tanner Price stepped onto BB&T field as one of only three true freshmen for the Demon Deacons. Now, after four solid years as the starting quarterback for Wake Forest, Price is ready to take his career to the next level.
Price has been preparing for the 2014 NFL Draft since his senior season ended and was one of the elite players invited to play in the College All-Star game that took place February 14 in South Carolina. The unprecedented snowfall just days before the game made practicing tricky for Price and his new teammates.
"We had about two hours of practice before the game so it made things a little difficult in terms of executing an offense," said Price "Nonetheless I had a blast getting to compete against some of the best players from all over the country."
Luckily for Price playing in one of the nation's most competitive conferences gave him an edge in the bowl game.
"One of the great things about playing ACC football is that you get to go up against some of the most talented athletes every week," said Price. "The level of play in the ACC is so high that I felt very comfortable playing in the all-star game."
Price had a decorated career as a Demon Deacon. As a true freshman he started in nine games where he set several school records as a freshman QB. He started every game the next three years and led the Deacons to the Music City Bowl as a sophomore in 2011. Price finished his career at Wake Forest with 52 touchdowns and an impressive 8,744 total yards.
"The best part about playing at Wake was the opportunity to start for four years," Price said. "I think the amount of experience I have has prepared me well for the next level."
Now that the bowl game is over, Price's next step is to continue to prepare for the NFL Draft that will take place in early May. Price believes he will sign as a free agent this year and he has identified a couple of areas in his game that he plans to perfect in order to accomplish his goal.
"My focus right now has been on preparing for pro day" Price said, "There has been a big emphasis in my training on the 40-yard dash, pro shuttle and three cone drills."
Price will be put through the same testing that took place at the combine; he will be evaluated by scouts for his strength, speed and jumping abilities. Most importantly, coaches will ask Price to perform different position skills. Afterwards, he will partake in interviews and get a chance to talk with interested scouts.
In order to leave an impression on the different NFL teams, Price has placed a large importance on his mechanics. He has been spending a significant amount of time working on footwork drills, throwing balls into nets and making sure to focus on the little things.
"I am working on my throwing motion such as my release point and my shoulder finishing toward the target," said Price.
Wake Forest's Pro Day will take place on March 17 at the Doc Martin Football Complex. Price will be joined by a handful of former Deacons from the 2013 team in hopes of being noticed by the different NFL scouts who will be in attendance.