Player Spotlight: Ian Michels

Interview with O'Connor QB

Last season O'Connor QB Ian Michels was a true dual threat at QB. He rushed for over 1,000 yards and passed for over 1,400 playing in Coach Rick Mey's no-huddle shotgun offense. This season, Ian looks to lead O'Connor into their first full varsity season. What were your stats from last season?
Ian Michels:
98/172 passing for 1430 yards and 11 TDs. And 1084 yards rushing and 19 TDs.

24-7: What is your official height and weight?
6"1', 205.

24-7: What is your greatest football memory?

Ian: My greatest would have to be when I ran a 60 to 70 yard run against Mingus in our first game because that was when I felt God's presence at its highest.

24-7: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
The team's goal is to go to state for the championship. Also hopefully get picked up by a college or university.

24-7: How did you prepare for the upcoming season? Did you attend any camps this summer?
I have attended the ASU, UofA and the FCA camps this year. The best way to prepare for next year is to work out hard, maintain a good work ethic and remain mentally and spiritually prepared for the game.

24-7: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
As a quarterback in the offense that our school runs the most important thing I need to improve is my arm. But as an athlete my physical ability is always improving thanks to coach Mey's workout program.

24-7: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
In all honesty our team is a "TEAM", without each other we wouldn't have done as well as we did last year. That is why I think that we can make it to state. Everyone is good on their own level, its all about faith.

24-7: Name one teammate you really respect and why?
Austin Nielsen, his work ethic is like no one else's and most of all he loves the game.

24-7: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
My hopes are where God leads me to go, and I am pretty sure I have a good chance of making it.

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

Ian: I have kept in touch with some schools but nothing serious yet.

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

24-7: What would your top 5 college choices be?
UNLV, Nevada, U of A, NAU and ASU.

24-7: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
As a team I would say that the RBs from Basha last year (Zolin and Keenan), also Sean Micheals from Lake Havasu. It seemed that their legs wouldn't stop moving.

24-7: Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
I respect the Basha Bears head coach. He has done a lot of good with that team.

24-7: What are your best lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40?
B/265, DeepS/355, PC/285 and 40/4.7

24-7: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
I listen and I will do what I am told.

24-7: Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Lance Armstrong. Perseverance.

24-7: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength." (Mark 12:30)

24-7: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
You will see teens working together to win something they all care about.

24-7: What are your expectations headed into your 1st full varsity season?

24-7: What position do you think you will play in college?
I am coachable so that I may be able to go to the next level. In other words, anywhere they find suitable.

24-7: What can a college program expect from you as a player?
Hard work and someone who plays with passion.


The staff at 24-7 would like to thank Ian for his time and also thank O'Connor head coach Rick Mey for helping set this up. Anyone wishing to contact Ian may email

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