After setting numerous passing records for the Pomona-Pitzer football team in the 2010 season, former quarterback Jake Caron PZ ’11 is now taking his talents to the next level. This past week Caron signed a deal with the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League, choosing Utah after receiving another offer from the AFL’s Spokane Shock and a third from a league in France. Caron, the current quarterback coach for the Sagehens, will start training with his new team this February in preparation for their upcoming spring season.
With multiple offers on the table, Caron ultimately felt it was an easy decision to choose to play with the Blaze because of “the beautiful surroundings of Salt Lake City and the professionalism of the organization.”
“Utah has a fine coaching staff that is extremely helpful and supportive,” Caron said. “After speaking with various staff members, I am looking forward to being a part of the team and helping guide them to victories.”
While at P-P, Caron was a prolific passer, setting school records in total career yards (9,225), passing yards (8,408), and completions (651) during his four years as the Sagehens’ starting quarterback. In recognition of his great performance during his senior year, Caron was named the SCIAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and had a chance to compete in the Division III Tazon de Estrellas All-Star game in Mexico. In the game, Caron threw for 143 yards and 4 touchdowns, going on to be named the game’s most valuable player.
In Utah, Caron will have the opportunity to play for one of the most potent offensives in the Arena League. He will compete for the starting quarterback position with returning starter Tommy Grady, who finished last season with the fourth-best passer rating in the league. Ron James, head coach of the Blaze, had only good things to say about Caron.
“We are excited to sign Jacob Caron to compete for our quarterback position,” said the coach. “He is an athletic quarterback with a strong arm and great potential. We expect him to come in and be a great addition to our talented offense for the 2012 season.”