STUDENT of mechanical engineering Michael Head is using his brain as the new American football quarterback with the West Sydney Trojans.
His coach David Ward said Michael was one of the most intelligent players he's discussed American football with.
Michael played rugby league with Liverpool Catholic Club for many years before switching codes three years ago.
The Trojans under-20s team play in the Gridiron NSW competition.
Training and home games are at Craik Park, Austral.
Michael, 17, of Prestons, started playing at the Trojans with his older brother Josh.
"Josh is now too old to play with the Trojans and now plays with our senior team the West Sydney Pirates," Michael said.
"I started as a wide receiver and I am enjoying my first season at quarterback."
The previous quarterback Ernest Capangpangan also moved up to the West Sydney Pirates' ranks opening the door for him.
Michael said Ward, who has played for Australia as a quarterback, has been teaching him the finer points of the position.
"Michael's a very smart person and has made a smooth transition to the role as playmaker," Ward said.
"He is a good learner."
Michael said he watched NFL games to keep learning.
"I study the playing style of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady," Michael said.
The youngster said Ward was a good teacher.
"David has a lot of knowledge having played for Australia and NSW and being a quarterback himself," Michael said.
Ward said the Trojans had played four games this season and have a lot of new players.
"We have 10 new faces who have come from all sorts of sports backgrounds, soccer, rugby union and rugby league," Ward said.
Michael finished year 12 last year at Clancy Catholic College, at West Hoxton. He studies mechanical engineering at UWS Penrith campus.
"I'm in my first year studying a four-year course," he said.
"When I finish my studies I will work for my dad's boilermaking business."