Athlete of the Week: Nolan Bynum

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) This season has been a coming out year for junior quarterback Nolan Bynum. In his first full season starting behind center, Bynum has thrown for 2,400 yards, 33 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

"I think a lot of it has to do with the weapons I have around me and trusting my wide receivers to go get the ball wherever I put it,” said Bynum. “This year, I’ve grown a lot football IQ wise reading the defenses and knowing where I’m going with the ball each play."

"As a sophomore, he gained a lot of experience,” head coach Ben Johnson said. “He's come in and had just a wonderful year. We talk about throwing people open, he throws the wide receivers open. He's playing outstanding right now and it's fun to watch."

Part of his success is the experience at the skill positions. All of Delta's receivers are seniors and offensive coordinator Ryan Whittington has set up Bynum to pick and choose how he's going to beat the opposing defense.

"It makes my job so much easier knowing that if I put the ball in the right place, my receivers will go get it,” said Bynum. “Also, our running game has really picked up near the end of the season."

“Nolan is throwing the ball really well,” Johnson said. “We've got four quality receivers and we've got a quick back and we are constantly developing our line play."

Nolan has been slinging the ball with his friends since elementary school and his growth in this offense has made it very difficult to stop the panthers from marching down the field.

"He's a very good young man and good character,” said Johnson. “These kids have grown up their whole lives together so they know each other very well. He's just grown into a leader in the huddle now and he's just doing a great job."

"Throughout the season, he's just become more confident back there,” said senior Gauge Lockheart. “He does a good job of keeping everybody in check, making sure everybody is doing their job and having each other's backs."

Now he has the chance to lead the panthers to a state title and take the crown of 2A football in Colorado.

"It’d be huge,” Bynum said. “Last time Delta was in the state championship for anything was fifty years ago. I think the last football title was in the sixties. This would be huge for our whole community."