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? Besides gym, legal issues. I love having discussions and debates in that class.
What is your favorite play to run during a game? The deep throw down the middle or a QB draw; I love messing with linebackers.
Is there any special meaning behind your jersey number? I had worn No. 10 my entire life, but last year a senior had it so I went to No. 9. I like it and I don’t plan on changing it.
What is your favorite thing to watch on TV? ESPN
Who is your favorite college or pro QB to watch? Peyton Manning (of the Denver Broncos). He is so smart and I’d love to be able to break down defenses like him one day.
How do you think the Red Sox will do in the playoffs? I think they’ll win the World Series.
Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals? I always brush my teeth. It makes me feel like I’m faster.
What’s the best advice you’ve received before a game? It was from my dad. He said “I know how good you are, so now show everyone in the stands.” It really got me amped up.
What’s your favorite sport to play besides football? Baseball. I love batting.
What’s the best book you’ve read? Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers. (Which is about the Vietnam War).
What is your dream car? Ford Mustang GT. I’ve been obsessed with it since I was a little kid.
If you could throw to one receiver or tight end from the NFL in a game, who would you choose? Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos. He’s the toughest guy on the field and every time he has the ball, he makes five more yards after first contact. He’s just so clutch.
— As told to Matt Williams