Tyler Hayes talks senior season

Tyler Hayes, four-star outside linebacker from Thomasville, Ala., is hoping to help lead his team to a Class 4A state championship for the second year in a row. Thomasville played the No. 3 team in Class 5A in a jamboree last week and will face another top team Friday night.

"Our game against Hueytown was a battle," said Tyler Hayes. "It was good competition. Jameis Winston is good. He was hard to bring down. We had to blitz to force him to rush outside the pocket. When he had time he would pick us apart.

"I felt like I did good in the game, but I could have done better. I let fatigue get to me a little bit. I had nine tackles and two sacks. I am not sure of my stats on offense."

The regular season begins Friday night with Thomasville traveling to face the No. 1 ranked team in Class 1A, Sweet Water.

"We are big rivals," Hayes said. "We are both going to come out playing hard. We are just ready for the season to begin. We have been waiting for a long time.

"I think we have a good chance to repeat. We are young. We have to build up and play together. I think it's a real high chance we will return to the state championship this year."
Hayes plans to become a regular in Tuscaloosa this fall and hoping his future team has a successful season.

"I am going to try to make it to all the home games," said Hayes. "I think they were young last year. I think they have leaders this year. They are going to have a good chance to get back to the national championship.

"I try to keep in touch with coach Pruitt whenever I have time. I spoke to him last week. He was just checking to see how I was doing. He was asking how football was going."

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