ORANGE PARK – Confident, cool and collective. Those are just a few words that describe Fleming Island quarterback Spencer Mollnow. Entering his third season as the man under center, the rising senior is a true leader for a group that is looking to get back into the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
At 6’4″, 192 lbs., Mollnow’s main task this summer is to continue to get stronger and faster. He is aiming to bulk up to 210 lbs. and wants to improve on his 40-yard dash time of 4.8 seconds.
The Golden Eagles won their spring game last Monday, 14-10 over Menendez, but the offense turned the ball over five times. Mollnow says the senior leadership has to step up.
“It’s not a one-man job. All the seniors have to come together,” Mollnow said. “Everything is correctable.”
After missing out on the playoffs the last two seasons, Fleming Island made a permanent change with the promotion of defensive coordinator Damenyum Springs to head coach. Springs was the defensive coordinator for the last 11 years before serving as the interim head coach midway through last season with Frank Hall resigning. The Golden Eagles went 4-1 under his guidance finishing 6-4.
“I’m in his [Springs] office all the time, watching film and breaking down plays. He tells me to keep pushing and to always stay positive.”
Mollnow says he gained true confidence in his game when Springs took over the reigns of the team. “He always keeps people’s heads up and he knows what he’s talking about,” he says.
Last season, Mollnow completed 64 of 127 passes for 931 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. He says his passing attempts went up tremendously under Springs. He’s excited to play for new offensive coordinator Evan Scharf, who he says explains the progressions and exactly what he’s supposed to look for.
The Golden Eagles ran a mixture of a spread attack with double back formations. This season, the offense will look much different with Springs and Scharf running the show.
Mollnow began his prep career at Clay playing JV but saw the opportunity at Fleming Island which forced his move.
He started playing quarterback in fifth grade after four years as an offensive tackle and linebacker in youth football. Quarterback is a position he thoroughly enjoys playing.
“I love being in charge of everybody. They all look up to you. You get the blame when the game goes bad, but you get all the glory when you win.”
Lindenwood (NAIA) represented his first offer last Sunday. He also has interest from West Florida, Cincinnati, Samford, Mercer, South Carolina, East Carolina, Elon, Boston College, Florida Atlantic and North Carolina-Charlotte.
He says West Florida, North Carolina-Charlotte and South Carolina intrigue him the most. He chats with UWF offensive coordinator Jammie Deese often and appreciates how much the school keeps in touch with him.
Mollnow says his pocket presence and arm are his biggest strengths.
His role model in life is New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady.
“His [Brady] pocket presence is amazing. The way he throws the ball, he has a good release. He knows more about the other team than his own coaches do.”
Mollnow wants to make it to the NFL or at the very least play in college and give back to the community.
On top of his football training right now, he’s finishing up his Eagle Scout project. He says it carries a lot of weight as an accomplishment and helps him be an even better leader.
Mollnow will thrive with a coaching staff that he trusts. His third season is a big one for his own progressions and for this team’s success. It should be a fun one to watch.
Spencer Mollnow is a determined young man who is going to get a whole lot better here shortly. Look out for him.
Favorite players to watch – New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Playlist before games – Future
Favorite movies – Dodgeball, Ice Age
Favorite TV shows – The Big Bang Theory, Freaks and Geeks, Modern Family
Fun fact about you that nobody knows – “I have over 75 pairs of shoes. My Air Jordan 4 Dunk From Above’s are my favorite.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “Sunshine”, “Pretty Boy”
Game film: Mollnow’s Hudl tape
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