Quarterback John Uribe takes the field

Travis Noe

Freshman quarterback John Uribe began his career at 8 years old in the Santa Barbara Youth Football League, moved onto Santa Barbara High School where he broke countless passing records, and will now continue his legacy at City College to lead the Vaquero football team.

The 6’1, 180 pound quarterback had a high school career that had college scouts’ jaws dropping. He threw for 41 touchdowns his senior season, a Santa Barbara High School record, and accumulated 6,321 passing yards.

He’s also been known for his big game performances, like his 524 yard, 7-touchdown outing against cross-town rival San Marcos last year.

Despite his astounding high school achievements, Uribe explained that he understands the college game will be much faster, and he’ll have to adjust early on.

“He may not be throwing the ball as much as he did in high school,” said head coach Craig Moropoulos. “But he has fit in very well with our system.”

Uribe will pull over the red and white Vaquero uniform for the first time against Hancock on September 5th. As a true freshman, he’s expected to be responsible in leading the Vaquero offense.

“I try to take charge of the offense and lead by example,” he said.

Uribe admitted that he’s a bit nervous for his first game with all of the expectations.

“There’s definitely some expectations after my high school career,” he said. “But I’m sure once the ball is snapped I’ll be alright.”

After his exceptional senior season, he had the options to walk on to top Division I universities, like San Diego State and Boise State. He chose the City College route instead, in hopes for a scholarship.

“I’m really glad I came here,” he said. “I get along great with the coaching staff, and our young group of players should make us a strong team.”

Uribe hopes to transfer after two years to a Pac-10 powerhouse like Oregon or Arizona State University.

Since high school, he’s decided to put everything into his progression on the football field and in the classroom.

“My main focus off the field is school,” he said. “When I’m not playing football I’m working hard trying to keep my grades up.”

Moropolous explained that he keeps that same student mentality on the field, constantly working hard to understand defensive schemes and improve his knowledge of the game.

His favorite NFL quarterback is Tom Brady, and like his idol, Uribe has the ability to deliver the ball powerfully and accurately, with the athleticism to make plays outside of the pocket.

“He’s an all around talent,” said Moropoulos. “And he continues to grow every day in practice.

He attributes much of his success on the field to his father, who also played football at Santa Barbara High School, and has coached him throughout his career.

Although he has a lot to prove at the college level, this true freshman has the talent, toughness, and work ethic to lead the City College Football Program in the right direction.