Herald sports reporter Bret McCormick caught up with Lewisville senior linebacker/defensive end Parker Cox before practice Tuesday to talk about some football-related topics, as well as some nonfootball-related things.
Parker, as a defensive player would you rather play defense against a spread or a running formation?
Personally? Or as a defense as a whole?
Personally, I would rather do defense against the run because I’m projected to make tackles, not drop back in coverage.
As far as Chester on Friday, you guys had a rough game with them last year. What’s one thing you guys should do to improve your performance this year?
One thing we’ve done differently, we’ve worked harder this summer than we did last summer. We have a taken a loss in a couple of key players, but we put in a lot of work, quality work. I think we have a chance.
Speaking of performances, I don’t know if you watched this two nights ago but Miley Cyrus made some waves at the MTV Music Awards...
Saw it on the news. I didn’t watch it.
Well, I was going to ask you, what’d you think about that?
I think she stepped out of line. I don’t think she should have did that publicly, in front of millions of viewers. Yeah, I don’t really agree with what she did, if that’s what you’re asking.
A southern fast food question: Bojangles’ or Chick-fil-A?
Oh, Bojangles’ all the way. Well, I like Chick-fil-A because they’re a Christian organization. I like both, to tell you the truth.
Do you have an NFL player you look up to?
Clay Matthews. I like the way he plays; he goes hard every play. That’s pretty much about it, yes sir.
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Jibrille Fewell, Liberty on ESPN3 Thursday night: For those who don’t care about the Carolina-Carolina battle Thursday night, former South Pointe defensive lineman Jibrille Fewell will make his 2013 college football season debut on ESPN3 when Liberty takes on Kent State at 6 p.m. that same night. The season-opener is also Fewell’s debut as a starter with the Flames after transferring from the University of Buffalo as a freshman to Butte College, and then rejoining former Buffalo coach Turner Gill at Liberty last fall. Fewell made 21 tackles and appeared in all 11 games last season.
Fred Lee, Buffalo faces Ohio State Saturday: Fewell’s former teammate, Fred Lee, a former Chester Cyclone standout, and Buffalo face a considerably tougher season opener when they travel to the Horseshoe to face Ohio State
Josh Erby to start at quarterback for Bluefield College: Bluefield College freshman Josh Erby has won the starting job at quarterback for the Rams. Erby stated in the spring as a Rock Hill High senior that he chose Bluefield because of the chance to compete for immediate playing time and that belief proved true this week when coach Ordell Walker opted for Erby over four other QBs vying for the job.
Walker told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that Erby “is probably the most gifted quarterback that we have played as far as his arm strength, release, quickness. Things like that, you don’t have to coach him much from that standpoint. He is still learning the run game and he is still a freshman so every day is an adventure, but he gets better every day at the same time.”
Erby makes his college debut Saturday when Bluefield travels to Alabama to face Point College.
Northwestern national rankings: After thumping Gaffney last Friday night, Northwestern surged up several national rankings. MaxPreps’ two polls, the Xcellent 25 and the Freeman Rankings, both have the Trojans ranked 17th nationally, while the RivalsHigh 100 lists them at 18th.
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