SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 1, 2013

Calling Audibles: Getting to know the area's high school quarterbacks


The Salem News

---- — Editor’s note: The following is an offbeat Q&A providing unique insight into the players lining up under center and calling signals on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons across the North Shore.

MIKE RAYMOND

PEABODY, JUNIOR

What is your favorite subject in school? Social studies

What is your favorite play to run during a game? The bootleg pass. I also like to throw the ball deep.

Is there any special meaning behind your jersey number? Not really. I wear No. 4; I just like the number and wanted to wear it.

What is your favorite thing to watch on TV? ESPN

What is your favorite movie? ‘42’ (The Jackie Robinson film released last spring).

Who is your favorite college or pro QB to watch? Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel

How do you think the Red Sox will do in the playoffs? If they stay focused on what has to be done, they can do very well.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals? I always have to tape my left wrist in black tape, and I always wear the same socks.

What’s the best advice you’ve received before a game? To understand that everything I do in the game is all the things I’ve prepared for in practice.

What’s your favorite sport to watch besides football? Baseball.

What’s the best sporting event you’ve ever attended in person? I went to a Celtics vs. Heat game that went into overtime after LeBron James hit a buzzer beater.

What’s the best book you’ve read? Heat by MIke Lupica (about a fictional Little League pitcher).

What is your dream car? Lamborghini

If you could throw to one receiver or tight end from the NFL in a game, who would you choose? Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions

— As told to Matt Williams