Last year, Mt. Ridge made an end of the season run to the state championship game.  Much of that winning streak came behind a tenacious offensive line.  One of the returning members of that offensive line is Josh Readel.

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Player Spotlight: Josh Readel

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Last year, Mt. Ridge made an end of the season run to the state championship game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Much of that winning streak came behind a tenacious offensive line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>One of the returning members of that offensive line is Josh Readel.</SPAN></P>

 

24-7: What is your favorite block to make?
Josh Readel: My favorite block is screen blocking.

24-7: What is your official height and weight?

Josh: 6'2", 220 lbs.

 

24-7: What is your greatest football memory?

Josh: Playing in the 5A state championship game.

 

24-7: What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?

Josh: I want to get all region first team linemen.

 

24-7: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?

Josh: Weight training; yes probably NAU lifting competition, NRTA Football combines.

 

24-7: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?

Josh: My footwork and blocking schemes.

 

24-7: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?

Josh: Chris Johnston (DB), Matt Pickering (FB) and Spencer Ast (LB).

 

24-7: Name one teammate you really respect and why?

Josh: Spencer Ast because he works really hard.

 

24-7: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?

Josh: I would like to go to a D1 or D2 college.

 

24-7: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?

Josh: I've received letters from New Mexico and Nevada – no offers yet.

 

24-7: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?

Josh: Yes.

 

24-7:  Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?

Josh:  Matt Clapp because he is a good player and hard to block.

 

24-7: Name one team who you really respect and why?

Josh: Mesa Mountain View because they never give up.

 

24-7: What other sports do you play?

Josh: I played track last year but I didn't this year.

 

24-7: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?

Josh: 315 bench, 385 squat, 235 power clean, 4.92 40 yard dash.

 

24-7: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?

Josh: I always give my best effort on every play.

 

24-7: Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?

Josh: Walter Payton because he was pretty much unstoppable.

 

24-7: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?

Josh: "Never second guess yourself or hold back" –my dad.

 

24-7: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?  What can you do to build on last years play off run?

Josh: I think this team will be a little smaller in size but larger in heart. Now that we made it we know what it takes.

 

24-7 would like to thank Josh and his family along with Coach Belles for making this interview possible.


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