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Tiny 5-foot-1 6th grader may be youngest QB to pass for a varsity TD

Cameron Smith
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Andrew Robison is in sixth grade, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that he has been known to listen to Justin Bieber and sports a sweeping hairstyle modeled after the Canadian heartthrob.

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Franklin Christian Academy quarterback Andrew Robison — FCA football

Franklin Christian Academy quarterback Andrew Robinson — FCA football

What is surprising is that the 5-foot-1, 100-pound middle schooler has already thrown a touchdown pass in a varsity high school football game. According to at least one site, that feat may have made the 12-year-old the youngest player in history to do so.

Robison achieved his feat for Franklin (Tenn.) Christian Academy during a 66-30 loss to McClain (Tenn.) Christian Academy on Friday. The pass in an 8-man football game was no screen job, either, with the eventual touchdown coming on a slant route from the shotgun, accounting for 63 yards.

Even more impressively, the scoring pass to junior Aaron Thon came on Robison's first-ever varsity snap, with the passer and his FCA teammates catching McClain off guard after Robison was brought off the bench to relieve the FCA starter, sophomore K.C. Jorgensen, who had fallen prey to a bout of cramps.

Robison's height, age and weight were all confirmed to Prep Rally by FCA director of communications Kimberly Cook.

As MaxPreps reported, no formal records exist about the youngest quarterback to throw a scoring pass, but there are no claims that anyone in sixth grade, let alone a 12-year-old, has ever produced one before. Notably, current Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian Academy quarterback David Sills threw nine varsity touchdown passes when he was an eighth-grader in 2010.

As far as young quarterbacks making a varsity team, former NFL quarterback Tim Couch was a member of the Leslie County (Ky.) High varsity squad as a seventh-grader, but he never connected on a touchdown pass until he was a full-fledged high school QB.

As it is, the only reason why Robison can compete as a sixth grader is because FCA is not a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association member. Yet, while the Franklin school isn't officially a part of the TSSAA group, it plays against other TSSAA schools, which means that Robison is playing against legitimate high school competition, all before he even has to shave.

Neither of the aforementioned high profile youngsters was 5-foot-1, or 100 pounds when they threw a touchdown pass. In fact, the video of Robison's first career scoring connection makes him appear almost comically small in stature.

Powerfully, that size hasn't seemed to hamper his throwing ability, or his accuracy, as McClain Christian found out on Friday. If he can stay healthy, many more Tennessee defenses may learn the lesson as the 2012-2013 season continues as well.

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