It takes a lot of patience but the players know that it can pay off in a big way in the form of a state championship and sometimes with a scholarship offer to play college football.
That’s the approach that J.T. Curtis instills in his kids and that’s the positive mindset that Andrew Tucker has.
Tucker, a 6-foot-1, 240-pounder, played in all 14 games last season as the Patriots won their 23rd state championship. He recorded 20 solo tackles playing on Curtis’ stingy defense that allowed only 11.5 points a contest and helped reel off 14 consecutive victories following a season-opening loss to Euless (Texas) Trinity.
Tucker enters his senior season with high expectations as he finally gets his chance to show college coaches that he has the skills to play on the next level.
“I have a lot of people expecting me to do some big things but I just have to go out and make plays,” he said.
Several college coaches have already indicated that they will be in the stands to see Tucker in action during his senior campaign and when he gets the opportunity to shine he doesn’t plan on letting it slip by.
“It’s going to be good to see coaches in the stands, knowing that I’ll have my chance to show them what I can do and to have a chance to earn a scholarship offer,” he said. “This is my chance and I’m not going to let it slip by. I’m not going to leave anything on the field.”
Tucker, who camped at LSU and ULL this summer, is receiving interest from the state schools and grabbed the attention from Auburn when coaches went through in the spring. He hopes to attract more interest and his first scholarship offer in the coming months and he has a message for college coaches looking for someone who is versatile enough to play multiple spots.
“I’m a good athlete and can fit in several places,” he said. “I can play defensive end or linebacker so coaches who are looking for a guy who can play either are probably who I’d standout for.”