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.
What is your favorite subject in school?: Civics, because it’s interesting and discussion-based.
What is your favorite play to run during a game?: Whenever I get to run with the ball.
Is there any special meaning behind your jersey number?: I was always No. 9, but Colton Dana had it when I was a sophomore so I chose No. 2 and decided to stick with it. My brother Will wears 9 now.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?: ESPN First Take.
Who are your favorite college QBs to watch?: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.
How do you think the Red Sox will do in the playoffs?: They’ll win the World Series.
Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?: I always get to school really early on game day.
What’s the best advice you’ve received before a game?: “There’s nothing more you can do to prepare. All you have to do now is execute.”
What’s your favorite sport to play besides football?: Basketball, both playing and watching.
What is the best sporting even you’ve ever attended in person?: I went to the Patriots/Saints game (with Tom Brady’s last second TD to Kenbrell Thompkins) last Sunday with Coach (Mike) Giardi and it was incredible.
What’s the best book you’ve read?: ‘When the Game Was Ours’ by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
Whats your dream car?: My current car, a 2004 tan Ford Explorer.
If you could throw to one receiver or tight end from the NFL in a game, who would you choose?: A healthy Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots tight end).
— As told to Matt Williams