Area Distributors Area Player of the Week: Macomb quarterback Jack Duncan


Macomb quarterback Jack Duncan moved past Phil Bradley for the career passing yardage record during last week's victory at Oneida ROWVA. | Submitted photo

MACOMB, Ill. — If Jack Duncan wanted to reconsider his college plans — and for the record, he doesn’t — there would be a vast number of college football coaches willing to invest the effort in trying to land the Macomb quarterback.

When you erase the name of the legendary Phil Bradley from the top line in the record books, you earn that kind of interest.

Duncan, the senior right-handed gunslinger who has committed to Western Illinois University to play baseball, misfired on his first two passes last Friday night against Oneida ROWVA, then completed 15 consecutive throws, amassing 230 yards and leading the Bombers to a 50-27 victory.

In the process, he passed Bradley for career passing yardage. Bradley amassed 3,052 yards passing from 1974-76. Duncan currently has 3,112 yards passing in 20 career games.

Duncan also has eclipsed Bradley’s records for passing touchdowns in a season and a career. Duncan tossed 27 TD passes last season and currently has 42 in his career.

Bradley went on to play quarterback at the University of Missouri, where he led the Tigers to three consecutive bowl games and was named the Big Eight Conference Offensive Player of the Year three times. An All-American outfielder for the Mizzou baseball team who has his No. 15 retired, Bradley spent eight seasons playing in the major leagues, most notably with the Seattle Mariners.

The baseball field at Macomb High School is named in Bradley’s honor.

For moving past the Macomb legend in the record books, Duncan is this week’s Area Distributors Area Player of the Week.

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