When you live down the road from Ann Arbor, play quarterback name like Arbaugh attracts attention.
Andrew Arbaugh, Saline’s starting quarterback, has been hearing Har-baugh jokes as long as he can remem-ber. He remembers people believing he was Jim Harbaugh’s son when they heard his name announced over the loudspeaker as a freshman. It’s just a trivial distraction for the Saline senior, who’s enjoying life as his team’s quarterback.
“I’ve known that I wanted to be a QB really my whole life. Growing up I’d al-ways throw the football around in the backyard with my brother and dad, and it just felt right,” Arbaugh said.
Arbaugh played well in his first game as varsity QB. He converted clutch 4th-down pass attempts and gained tough yards on the ground when needed. He’s earned the respect of head coach Joe Palka.
“Andrew spent several years as the number two quarterback in his class. He kept working at it and getting bet-ter and when the opportunity arose this year, he stepped up,” Palka said. “I’m very happy with. He took some shots and stayed in the game and nearly found a way to win last year. He’s a winner.”
Despite the outcome of the Chippewa Valley game, Arbaugh enjoyed the experience of starting a varsity game at QB.
“Obviously we were disappointed with the loss, and there were things I could have done better, but I was really fired up to be out there with my guys,” Arbaugh said. “This team has a lot of potential and I’m really excited for what the future holds.”
Here's our Q&A With Andrew Arbaught
Parents: Mark & Laura Arbaugh
Years Varsity: 2
What do you love most about Friday nights at Hornet Stadium? The energy and atmosphere that comes with playing the game I love alongside some of my best friends.
What’s your favorite football moment during the week - whether it’s in game or practice? My favorite football moment during the week is being able to attend O-Line & receiver dinner.
Scouting Report: Not very big, but I see the field well and have the ability to throw people open.
Game day mentality: Focused
Who’s an underrated player on your team: The entire O-Line
Who’s the funniest guy on the team? Noah Ayers or Ryan Liebert
Song you’re listening to these days: Three Little Birds
Favorite ice cream: Cookie Dough
Favorite class: Sociology
Other sports: Baseball
College plans: Planning to go into communications/journalism