Player Spotlight: Curt Sweeney

24-7 chats with one of the most danergous players in the sunshine state.

Our next spotlight comes from Sunrise Mountain playmaker Curt Sweeney. Curt has been a All-Region type performer since his sophomore season. Last season Curt was 2nd team all-region at both WR and DB as well as being named all region as a return man. Here's what he had to say.

24-7: What were your official stats from last season?
Curt: 32 catches for 600 yards 7 TD, 25 returns for 591 yards 3 TD, 38 tackles 2 INT. 2nd team All-Region WR and DB, 1st Team All-Region KR, 2nd team All-State KR.

What is your official height, weight, bench, squat, clean and 40 yard time?
Curt: 5'10" 175 Bench 240, Squat 365, Clean 205, 40 time 4.63.

What has been the best moment in your football career?
Curt: Scoring my first Varsity touchdown as a sophomore at Peoria in front of a big crowd.

What are you strengths as a football player?
Curt: My ability to make big plays at anytime. And having a love for the game helps with my heart and determination.

What are your weaknesses as a football player?
Curt: Sometimes I get a little greedy and I want the ball in my hands all the time.

Who are some teammates that people need to watch for?
Curt: These are a list of teammates that people should watch for: Sean Logan (6'4" 260) DL OL, Jacob Nicol (6'0" 240) DL OL, Cole Ptacek (5'10" 200) HB LB, Terin Flemons (6'0" 240) FB DL, Troy Hortsman (6'3" 185) WR.

What can we expect from Sunrise Mountain next season
Curt: Run at the state championship and be competitive.

What are you doing to prepare for next season?
Curt: Lifting twice a day, doing running workouts, and trying to put on more weight.

Do you play any other sports?
Curt: I play basketball and run track.

Who is currently recruiting you? Any early offers?
Curt: Nobody really, just letters from a wide range of schools.

What can you bring to a college program?
Curt: He would say that I go 110% every practice every opportunity I have to get better. I'm a competitor that hates to lose in anything. And anybody I go against I know can beat.

Who is your favorite professional athlete, why?
Curt: Deion Sanders, Didn't care what anybody thought about him or the way he played he went out to have fun.

What is the best piece of advise you have ever gotten? Who did you get it from?
Curt: "How much work you put in, determines the results you're going to get" and "Play every play like it's your last" Coach Mickelson

Who has been the most influential person in your life?
Curt: My parents, what they say and their support in anything I do means a lot to me.

What are your goals for next season?
Curt: A lot of big plays and All-State honors.

Will you be attending any camps this summer?
Curt: Yes, I'm not positive which ones yet I know for a fact ASU, U of A, NAU and probably some out of state camps as well.

Who is the toughest opponent you have ever played against? What program do you respect most?
Curt: The toughest opponent I ever played against was Matt Clapp, that kid was huge and man could he hit. A program I really respect is Carl Hayden. Those kids go out there and play for the love of the game, not for the fans or the glory, but for themselves. They may not have the best program but they still strap it up every Friday night just for the love of the game.

What are your goals as far as playing in college?
Curt: I want to be able to play college football at a high level such as D1, D1AA, or D2.

What do you like most about the game of football?
Curt: Where do I start, I love touchdowns, I love fans, I love big hits, Most of all I love Friday nights when all the trash talking comes to a stop and it's time to prove yourself

24-7 would like to thank Curt for taking to time to complete this interview. We wish him and Sunrise Mountain the best of luck next season. Anyone wishing to contact Curt can email me at

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