SPORT: Football

SCHOOL: Calallen

GRADE: Senior

LOWDOWN: The 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman earned first-team all-district honors a year ago

What are the team's expectations this season?

We have high expectations for this year as we do every year. We always have that expectation of going to state. That's just how we're taught and we want to set our goals high. I'm my own worst critic, so I'm always trying to get better. We want to get that state title and are going to do whatever it takes to get there. We want to do our best each and every game and know that we left everything on the field.

What does it take to play on the offensive line?

Every day we go through our technique, like where we're supposed to step or place our hands. As (offensive line coach Jim) Cliburn says, being a lineman is 90 percent desire and 10 percent skill. We want to give all the desire we have and use the skill they teach us to finish each block. We do the grunt work. We take the hits. We know it's our job to open the holes up so our backs can get the touchdowns.

What is it like to be part of the Calallen tradition?

It's an honor to be a part of the tradition that Calallen holds. We always have that high standard to be just as good if not better than the year before. Sometimes it's a lot of pressure, but that just makes us better. We don't go into games thinking we have it made. We work for it. That tradition is always in the back of our mind. It makes us work harder and makes sure we stay humble and modest each week.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to go to college and hopefully play football. I want to major as pre-med because I'd like to be a pediatrician one day. Hopefully I'm doing something in that field. I've received a lot of letters and phone calls from different colleges, but I'm keeping my options open. I really can't who's at the top of the list. I have to concentrate on our season. We'll see what happens.