Somerset (Texas) quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. is aware that his last name precedes him, but the 5-foot-11, 160-pound athlete is looking to make a name for himself.
With football bloodlines that span the past few decades, Koy Jr. is taking full advantage of soaking up the game from his family. His father, Koy Detmer, is a former Colorado quarterback who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997 and stayed on the roster for almost ten seasons. He's currently the offensive coordinator at Somerset.
His uncle, Ty Detmer, played college ball at BYU and became the 56th recipient of the Heisman Trophy as a junior in 1990; he also won the Maxwell Award and was a two time recipient of the Davey O'Brien Award. He was drafted in 1992 by the Green Bay Packers and went on to play for four other NFL teams for over a decade. He currently is the head coach at Austin (Texas) St. Andrews.
Lastly is grandfather Sonny Detmer, a storied Texas high school coach who was one of the first to implement the forward pass in his offense, who has been coaching for close to fifty years. He's currently the head coach at Somerset, which brings the family line back around to Koy Jr, who is the latest Detmer to be coached by Sonny.
"It's a rare coaching dynamic. Having my dad as part of the staff, coaching me, has been one of the keys to my success at Somerset. Same with my grandfather and my uncle; they are always giving me tips during practice, helping me. My dad has been a great quarterback coach and offensive coordinator, so I'm really taking advantage of it," said Koy Jr.
With two seasons as the starting quarterback under his belt, Koy Jr. says he's become much more comfortable on the field and is confident that his senior season will be the most successful.
"I threw for 2500 yards and 30 touchdowns during my junior season. We got knocked out in the first round, but all around, it was a fairly good season. I think that I have really improved on reading the defenses, figuring out what we can do to be efficient as an offense, moving the ball, footwork in the pocket," he said.
Koy Jr. is the first to describe himself as a pocket passer, but he's looking forward to become a more versatile signal-caller over the next few months.
"Next season, we will be introducing more zone read, quarterback option runs. The one thing I do want to improve on going into my senior season is my mobility in my game so I can be more effective on the ground. I'm a pocket passer first, but I can do work on the move," he said.
The best piece of advice he's received from his family of NFL veterans in regard to advancing to the next level? Preparing for the change of game speed.
"They always tell me you have to be ready for the next step. There are a lot of kids who do great in high school, but you have to be able to take that step into college where the game speeds up. You have to make decisions faster and have to be more efficient, precise," he said.
Recruiting interest is coming in for Koy Jr., who attended UTSA Junior Day over the weekend and has been hearing from the Road Runners, as well as a few other programs.
"The process has been pretty good. BYU has been looking at me heavy; UTSA, too. Houston, North Texas, Harvard, and Utah have been on the radar, but really UTSA and BYU are the main ones. I don't have any offers at the moment, but I'm hoping to pull some in soon," he said.
Koy Jr. will attend BYU, his uncle's alma mater, Junior Day on June 14th and says he's hoping to hear from his father's, as well.
"Colorado has been sending me letters but it would be good to see some interest from them.
"But other than that, it's whatever really comes in. I'm feeling good about the schools looking at me, so it's been a great experience. I'm just enjoying everything," he said.