Irish QB quietly leads Ursuline

YOUNGSTOWN — Soft-spoken and unassuming, Ursuline quarterback Jared Fabry may not be the first guy that you picture as a three-year starter on a powerhouse program like Ursuline.

The 6-foot-2, 173-pound Fabry is more than just a successful quarterback, however. Fabry doubles as one of the Irish’s wide receivers, a task he has absolutely no problem carrying out.

“Personally, I like playing both positions. It’s just wherever they need me to go,” Fabry said.

“I went to camps this year, I was there as a receiver, but it’s just wherever the team needs me and that’s where I’ll play.”

Having an unselfish quarterback is something that every program covets, but Fabry knows he still needs to do more. Fabry says his quiet nature needs to result in speaking up more as a senior, and that’s probably a good thing, as the Irish are trying to overcome plenty of adversity in 2017.

After leading Ursuline to an 8-6 record and a Division IV state semifinal appearance as a sophomore in 2015, Fabry’s junior year didn’t go quite as planned. The Irish limped to a 3-7 record and struggled to manufacture points on a week-to-week basis.

“We have to eliminate the mental errors a little more,” Fabry said. “We have to focus on the little things, the little things will take us to that next level. We have the talent, we have some size, but if we put the little things together and really focus on how we work as a team, then we can really take it to the next level.”

Fabry, who says that he’s improved most mentally, is working hard to help get his Irish back on track. Originally a running back, Fabry started playing quarterback in eighth grade, and while he’s certainly dedicated to playing the game of football, it wasn’t neccessarily his first love.

“Coming into high school, basketball was my favorite sport,” Fabry said. “I don’t even play basketball (anymore), so yeah, football is my passion right now. My freshman year, after football season, I had a back injury and I was out half the basketball season. After that, I wasn’t really into it anymore. I kinda just started to focus on football, I threw with a quarterback coach, and put my time in here.”