Arkansas Razorback head coach Bret Bielema announced at the NWA Touchdown Club luncheon last week that former Charleston Tiger,Ty Storey has been named as the Razorbacks' backup quarterback. Storey will back up junior Austin Allen, who was named the starter in the spring.

Arkansas Razorback head coach Bret Bielema announced at the NWA Touchdown Club luncheon last week that former Charleston Tiger,Ty Storey has been named as the Razorbacks’ backup quarterback. Storey will back up junior Austin Allen, who was named the starter in the spring.

In fall camp you just saw Ty continue to excel, Coach Bielema said. “He’s been doing all the things we ask. Not just handing the ball off and completing passes, but understanding the huddle, understanding when we have to move guys from side to side. Motions, shifts, adjustments. He really had a very productive and efficient fall camp.”

Dan Enos, Arkansas’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach said that Ty has been competing since he got here. “I’ve always been impressed with his work ethic every day, his mindset, his preparation. He’s done a good job, gotten better every day, works very hard at it, so nothing’s really changed for him. He’s had the same business-like attitude since I got here.”

I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity, Ty Storey said. “I am very blessed to have family, friends, former coaches, fans and the Charleston community that have supported me throughout my career.”

The announcement comes as no surprise to Charleston Tiger coaches and fans.

I couldn’t be more proud of Ty, Charleston head coach, Greg Kendrick said. “His hard work and perseverance is paying off. He has so many qualities and intangibles that make him a great player, great teammate, and great young man.”

In his junior and senior year at Charleston, Storey led the Tigers to 29 straight victories, with back-to-back perfect seasons and back-to-back Class 3A state championships. He was named the MVP in both championship games. He also played on the Tigers 2011 state championship as a freshman at linebacker.

In high school he was named a consensus four-star prospect by Rivals, ESPN, Scout and 247Sports.

During his career at Charleston, Storey ranked third in Arkansas all-time with 12,860 yards. His 154 career touchdown passes are the second-most by any player in state history. His 73 touchdowns as a senior are the fourth-most in a single season in state history.

He became only the eighth Arkansas high school player to pass for over 10,000 career yards and ranks among Arkansas’ all-time high school leaders with 897 completions (2nd), 1,370 pass attempts (3rd) and a 66.0 completion percentage (3rd.)

The awards were numerous. He was named to the 3A all-state team three consecutive years. He was named the 3A Offensive Player of the Year by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette’s Outstanding Player of the Year.

He was named to the 2015 Parade All-American First Team at quarterback, and was named back to back Gatorade Arkansas Football Player of the Year and Wendy’s High School Football Player of the Year for Arkansas, in 2014 and 2015.

MaxPreps named Storey Mr. Football for the state of Arkansas and awarded him Small School All-American first team honors.

Storey, who was also an all-state basketball and baseball player, was the 2014 winner of the Landers Award, given to the state’s best prep football player.

Bryan Smith, President of the Charleston Football Foundation said he was super proud of Ty. “His hard work and commitment has paid off with him being named the backup quarterback for the Razorbacks. All of us who have seen him play and mature as a quarterback during his days at Charleston knew he was destined for greatness.”

I really think being a coach’s son and being around football his entire life has benefitted Ty, Smith said. “ His knowledge of the game is just so advanced.”

All these so called experts, sports talk radio guys, seem to think it hurts Ty not playing in a higher classification in high school, Smith said. But, I watched him compete at some of the top quarterback camps in the country as a 9th and 10th grader, competing against top quarterbacks, and still being chosen as the top QB at the camp, Smith added. “I know this, never count Ty Storey out. He’s the ultimate competitor and most importantly he’s a winner.”