Is it difficult to come back six days later from such a physical, emotional game to play your biggest rival?
For the normal person it would be, but after a loss like that I think me and my team just want to get back on that field and redeem ourselves. It definitely helps playing Loyola, because who else would you want to play after that? This game is just big. Everyone looks forward to it. We circle it on the schedule. We're so ready to play this game. We don't need time to prepare. We already know what to expect.
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Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson University, Towson, MD 21204, USA
That it’s on Thanksgiving. Families come out and a lot of people come out to just watch the game and have a good time. I would say playing under the spotlight is always fun with being on TV. Playing that last game with your seniors and me being a senior this year, it’s definitely going to mean a lot.
Does it matter that the game is not at M&T Bank Stadium?
It does a little bit, but I think the difference will be that Towson will be more packed. It only holds 11,000, so it'll seem like there's a lot more people there. It's not a big difference. The game's still televised and it'll still be a great experience, playing in a college stadium.
Did your dad or any of your family play at Calvert Hall?
No. My dad lives in my footsteps (laughs). I’m the first one to go to Calvert Hall. I always wanted to go to Calvert Hall. Actually since Coach Davis came up to me at a football camp in sixth grade, ever since then I wanted to got to Calvert Hall. I marked it on my calendar, ‘Go to Calvert Hall.’ I didn’t shadow any other high school. It was right then and there, ‘Go to Calvert Hall.’ My parents were like, ‘You sure you don’t want to shadow Loyola or Gilman?’ I was like, ‘No. I’m going to Calvert Hall.’ The facilities, everything was awesome. It was a home run for me. I loved it.
Do you like having the playoffs rather than having the regular-season winner crowned conference champ?
I liked having the playoffs because it's gives an opponent a fair chance to win rather than having that one loss in the regular season and not being able to redeem yourself. It gives you that second chance. I think it's more NFL-like and it's better for the whole MIAA rather than just one team.
What do you do in your spare time?
Hang out with friends, go to the movies, listen to music. I definitely work out a lot. I’m a workout warrior. I work out every day, lift and run.
What are your Thanksgiving Day plans?
My whole family's coming over from my mom and dad's side. They always come to watch the game. After we play Loyola, we get home and we have a big Thanksgiving dinner. Then we're going to sit down and watch the Ravens' game, just relax.
What are you most looking forward to eating on Thanksgiving?
Stuffing. I love stuffing. I don't know what it is about stuffing, but I could eat that for days.
What are you thankful for?
I'm thankful for the opportunity to come to a school like this, to play with my teammates from freshman to senior year and most importantly, the coaches I've been able to have. Coach Davis and our assistant coaches, every one of them has been amazing and really helped me out and got me to the place where I am now. And naturally, God.
What are you looking forward to doing when the season's over?
Just having a little time off. Spend more time with my family, I guess. Maybe get a little more sleep. And figure out where I'm going to college.