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Written by: Shane Lux on Thursday, June 18th, 2020
Hickory High School
Class of 2021
Head Coach – Bill Dungee
Junior Season – 1,768 yards passing, 671 yards rushing 31 total touchdowns.
What made you choose football?
I fell in love with football around ten years old. I was moving schools and decided to try it out to make new friends. As soon as I began, I loved the physical and mental competition involved, along with playing as a team.
What’s your favorite football memory?
My favorite football memory thus far came this past year. We were picked to finish last in our region before the season started, but we were determined not to let that happen as a team. We worked and focused on one game at a time and ended up winning the region despite what everyone predicted.
What activities do you enjoy outside of playing football?
I enjoy running and practicing for indoor and outdoor track seasons.
What non-football accomplishment are you most proud of?
Other sports accomplishment I am proud of is being the District 10 200m champ as a sophomore, being back to back D-10 champs in the 4x100m relay, and being a member of the state championship track and field team in the 2019 season. Non-sport related accomplishments I am proud of consist of achieving high honor roll every marking period in high school thus far and being inducted into the national honors society at my school.
Who is your favorite athlete, and why?
My favorite athlete would have to be JJ Watt. He was underestimated as a football player but persevered and ended up walking on at the University of Wisconsin. He worked his entire life and always believed in himself no matter what others thought of him, which got him to where he is today. Along with being a world-class football player, he is also a world-class human being, offering his time and money to helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
What has been the most difficult part of training during the pandemic, and how did you overcome it?
I did not have the competition of teammates pushing me to go harder every day, along with not having direct coach oversight in my drills. To overcome this, I have elevated the intensity of my drills and finding new drills to challenge myself in new ways. To overcome the lack of direct coaching, I have worked to stay in touch with my position’s coaches and head coach to better the mental part of my game and ask any questions regarding drills.
Do you prefer offense or defense?
I love both offense and defense for different reasons because they challenge me physically and mentally in completely different ways. I don’t think I prefer one over the other I just love the game of football no matter how I am playing it.
Who is your biggest role model?
My biggest role models are my parents for different reasons. My dad is a great role model and has instilled a great work ethic in me. My mom has been a great role model in teaching me to love myself and stay true to myself no matter the situation. They have both taught me many things and are both my greatest role models.
What are your parents most likely to yell from the stands?
The most common things my parents yell are “GO BUBBA” (family nickname since I was very young).
What are your team and personal goals for the season?
Our team goal is one thing, win the state championship and do whatever it takes to achieve it. My personal goals would be to pass for 2500 yards, and rush for 1000 yards, accumulate five interceptions, and 50+ tackles by the end of the season.
If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would you choose?
Jesus, Peyton Manning, and JJ Watt
What hobby do you have that might surprise people?
A hobby of mine that most people don’t know and maybe surprised by is that I really enjoying longboarding.
What’s your favorite sport, other than football, to play or watch?
Track and Field
What is one thing you hope other players can learn from you?
I hope that players will learn that quitting is never an option from me. No matter the situation, the score, or any obstacle that stands in our way, it is never too big to overcome.
What does Hickory have to do to win a District 10 title this year?
Work hard every day, listen to our coaching staff, have confidence in our abilities, and believe in the team every step of the way.
What is your favorite TV show?
The Big Bang Theory
What is your favorite movie?
My All American
What is your favorite subject in school?
What music do you listen to?
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