Roth said, "He did a real nice job in junior high and was one of those kids who was big at a young age (he is now 6-3, 190) and he just had not matured into his frame, and I don't think he still is 100 percent."
Roth has not had many three-year starters at quarterback, the last being former Pennsylvania Class A Player of the Year Dan Latorre.
"We are excited with him stepping in next year for three years. It is nice to get a kid as a sophomore and really spend some time and have that position pretty much set for a three-year period," the coach said.
Nick also plays linebacker, subbing in to give starters a rest or for injured players and Roth said he is good enough that the team doesn't lose anything when he goes in.
"He reads and reacts real well for a young kid," Roth said, but added that he is not likely to be used at linebacker when he becomes the starting quarterback.
One more goal
While Nick will be leading the Tigers the next three years, Jake hopes to be in college and studying to become a physical therapist.
For now, the two have jobs to do to try to help the Tigers do what their fans always expect -- play for a state championship.
"I always dreamed of being on a state championship team, and going (to Hershey) every year. I thought it would be cool to play there and last year we did, but it would be different if we won again," Jake said.
The six-time state champion Tigers lost to Clairton last year.
Added Nick, "I was pretty excited (to join the varsity this season) thinking about everything that has happened in the program, a lot of history.
"I just wanted to step in and try not to do anything wrong and help the team," he said.
That is what Roth and his staff hope for as well for the next three years.