Posted: 6:03 pm Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Former NFL, Florida, Marshall QB Eric Kresser to run Jupiter’s offense 

By Matt Porter

Jupiter will have a familiar name helping out its offense this season.

Eric Kresser, who played behind Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel and later transferred to Marshall before spending two seasons with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals, will join head coach Charlie Persson’s staff as a volunteer offensive coach.

Kresser, who lives in Tequesta, works as a private coach for several area quarterbacks, including Jupiter rising senior Tyler Cameron. The full extent of Kresser’s role is yet to be determined, but it’s safe to say he’ll coach quarterbacks and have a big hand in running the offense, which will switch to a pro style attack after last year’s change from Wing-T to spread.

Though Kresser said he wants to help everyone on the offensive side of the ball, Cameron stands to receive the most benefit. “It’s always a boost when you have a coach who played the position,” said Kresser, who began working with Cameron after the quarterback’s sophomore season. “Hopefully I’ll be able to teach him things no one else can.

“You can only do so much as a private coach. As a coach you can teach him the mental side of the game. Physically, he’s ready to play in college right now – physically. Mentally, I want to get him ready to play in college next year.”

He will continue to work with other area quarterbacks, including Boca Raton rising junior Kevin Anderson, several freshmen and middle schoolers. “I’m going to train whoever needs my help,” Kresser said.

Kresser added he hoped Jupiter – and his alma mater, Palm Beach Gardens – will ascend to the level of Dwyer, battling year after year for North county supremacy. “Hopefully these teams can be big rivals in the future, and get on the same level,” Kresser said. “That’s what we’re working toward.”