Q: At what age did you start playing your sports?
A: I started football when I was 7 years old, and weightlifting last year when I moved back to Marathon.
Q: Did you ever play any other sports growing up?
A: I played soccer and baseball. I always liked to be involved in sports and activities when I was little and wanted to do as much as possible.
Q: What was it about football that drew your attention?
A: I got involved in high school football because I always loved playing as a kid and wanted to take it to the next level.
Q: How much training do you do per day or week on a yearly basis?
A: On a yearly basis I do close to four days of training per week, between offseason and in-season.
Q: How does your training differ when you are in-season compared to offseason?
A: In-season training is very differently paced from out of season. In-season training is mostly fieldwork and football-related drills with a little weight room, while offseason is a majority weight room and light conditioning.
Q: Do you really have downtime away from sports?
A: I rarely have downtime from sports, I’m either in-season or preparing for the season.
Q: Rating the sports you play versus academics, what’s most important in your life?
A: Sports have always been important in my life, but I’ve always known that school is more important to get to the places I need to be in life.
Q: Are the two close in ranking in life importance?
A:No. School is more important to me than football because I have always been a student before an athlete.
Q: Between football and weightlifting which sport is most important?
A: Football is definitely more important to me than weightlifting, I started weightlifting in order to get stronger in football.
Q: What skills do sports teach you that you apply to life?
A: Sports taught me to always finish what I’ve started, no matter how hard things become. There are always times when you want to quit but you know, deep down, that you need to push through for your teammates and coaches because they are counting on you.
Q: What goals do you have for your senior year, academically and/or athletically?
A: I want to graduate this year with a 4.0 GPA, and want to help bring the team to district champs.
Q: What is something you would want to do every day?
A: Every day that I wake up I always want to get better in at least one thing in my life. Whether it is progressing in football, learning something new in school, or a new life skill.
Q: What has been your best high school sports moment?
A: My greatest high school sports moment was winning my starting spot on the offensive line from a senior as a sophomore.
Q: Any coaches, teachers, or family members who have helped you get to this point?
A: I have many people that I would like to thank for getting me to the point that I am at today. Firstly I want to thank my parents, they have both made it possible for me to play this sport that I love so much. They were always there to get me to and from practice and games and were always there for me for whatever I needed. Next, I want to thank my line coach in Virginia, Scott Markland, he definitely helped me improve at everything to do with football. He helped me improve my snaps as a center and both my offensive and defensive line fundamentals. Lastly I want to thank Coach Mac Childress, coming into a new team as a senior was a little intimidating. Coach C welcomed me with open arms and helped me to become a better leader, eventually making me one of our captains.
Q: Having invested so much time — physically, mentally, and emotionally — to your sports, in what way can you have proper closure during your senior year?
A: I want to graduate knowing that my team and I played the hardest we could, and knowing that we left everything on the field.
Q: What are some challenges you’ve faced as a student-athlete?
A: One major challenge I’ve faced as a student-athlete is not having enough hours in the day. Having school in the morning, football practice in the afternoon, balancing a work schedule, then trying to get home, finish homework, watch film and clean up is a challenge.
Q: If you could add one hour to your day, what would you do with it?
A: If I could add one hour to my day it would be devoted to watching film. Film is one of the most important things in a football player’s life, we use it to improve on our mistakes and to scout our opponents and learn everything we can about them.
Q: Do you have any college interests?
A: Not yet.
Q: If you have an opportunity to play a sport in college, no matter the size or location of the school, will you take it?
A: If I had the chance to play football in college I would take it.
Q: Is there any one skill you feel you need to improve on to make it at the collegiate level?
A: I would need to improve specifically on my defensive rushes, I have gotten much better at them since I started playing defense, but I still have a long way to go.
Q: On your first trip back home, what will be the meal you ask for?
A: My meal after returning to the Keys would have to be biscuits and gravy at the Tropical Cottages. The best in town by far!
Q: Do you have any career aspirations?
A: Not yet.