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Broncos: Oh, to be the QB on this roster

Published: September 19, 2013, 12:42 pm, by Paul Klee

Eric Decker. Demaryius Thomas. Julius Thomas. Wes Welker.

Think Peyton Manning has it good?

Check out this guy: Connor Preston.

Who? He was the quarterback at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., when these wide receivers were on the same roster: Marqise Lee, Robert Woods and the Buffs’ Paul Richardson. The same high school roster.

“That was why we threw for 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns or something crazy,” Serra coach Scott Altenberg told me Wednesday.

There’s another Colorado connection, aside from Richardson, who is lighting up the scoreboard in Boulder. Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho also played at Serra. Well, he played two seasons at Serra, because he didn’t play football before his junior year.

“The family was very against football,” Altenberg said. “They were really into academics. I think the feeling was, Football is not befitting of a young scholar type. And that’s awesome. That’s great. But when (Carl Ihenacho, his older brother) got his college paid for through football, they saw the value in (playing football).”

Here’s some more on Duke Ihenacho from today’s column.

Preston, by the way, is now a quarterback at SMU. Here’s a hunch he doesn’t have three future NFL receiving targets at his disposal.

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