Medina’s Arena

Medina's Arena

Almost a year ago, former Santa Monica College record-breaking quarterback Alfonso Medina was set to compete for the starting job at the Division I football program Weber State University. Many were expecting Medina, who broke SMC’s single season and career touchdown records, to win the job and excel at the next level. While he is no longer attending Weber State, there is no reason why the redshirt Junior still can’t showcase his talent at the next level.

“Hard worker” is a common description people use when discussing the 6’0 190 lb former Venice High School standout QB. Medina was unaware that Weber State’s offensive coordinator/QB coach left to pursue another job when he signed and the new offensive coordinator wanted to run a run-heavy offense that would consist of many plays from the read-option. They wanted a scrambling QB to lead that style of offense and Medina found himself the odd man out because he is more of a pocket passer. That is not to say that he cannot move around. He can. He’s a QB that would rather pass than run, but he’s more than capable of making a few plays with his feet. He redshirted this past season, but he still worked out as if he was playing. This is the kind of work ethic people rave about.

Weber State went on to have a rough 2-10 season going 1-7 within the Big Sky Conference. They were outscored 190-497. They really could have used Medina’s services as Freshman QB Austin Chipoletti had a tough time running the read-option. In 12 games, he rushed for 142 yards on 112 carries for an average of 1.2 yards per carry. He also had 1650 yards passing with 8 TDs and 9 interceptions.

“Fresh,” as many people from Venice call him, has moved on from his situation with Weber State. Sources have reported that a school in West Virginia is talking to the former Venice Gondolier. Medina does not possess the size that one would like from a QB, but he’s a player that you have to watch to see why he puts up the numbers he does. He may not be the most outspoken player on the field, but that does not prevent him from being a leader as he leads by example. SMC’s Head Coach Clifford Lindheim calls him a “high end performer” and that “he’s an easy guy to coach.” He even says that having him was a blessing. In high school, he was coached by Angelo Gasca who is known to be a QB Guru. Venice High School has produced Bills’ First Round pick JP Losman, Nebraska’ Beau Davis and this past season 3-Star recruit Alexander Diamont committed to Indiana. At Venice, he led them to back to back league Championships and won All-City Honors. There is no reason why he cannot have the same amount of success as he did at Venice and SMC. Medina will be an intriguing prospect to watch as he decides which school he will attend next. Keep your eye out on him.

Watch Alfonso Medina’s 2012 Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbghYfJpFO4

SMC’s Spotlight Featuring Medina: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzeOS_iH2Nk

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