Our next interview comes from Esperanza OL Joe Hawley. Joe made a good name for himself last year as he made 1st Team All CIF Southern Section Division 1. Expect Joe to be one of the better OL prospects next year.
PrepCA: What is your favorite block to make?
Joe: I love releasing up to the linebacker from the tackle position and knocking the crap out of him.
PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory?
Joe: One play, during the early part of the season, we were running a counter so I pulled and right as I turned up the field a linebacker came through and knocked me to the ground then knowing the play wasn't over yet I got back up and made a good block to help Charles Neal, one of are running backs, get into the end zone. It was pretty funny to watch the next day during film.
PrepCA: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
Joe: I am hoping to get a lot better physically and mentally. I am going to try to get stronger and dominate the line as well as get faster to make the tough open field blocks and it would also help to cut down on some of the penalties I had last season.
PrepCA: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?
Joe: I am hitting the weight room hard and I am also doing running drills every day to help out with my speed.
PrepCA: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Joe: I am going to definitely try to improve my quickness and speed because my coach is having play guard next year. I would also like to keep improving on my pass blocking. We don't pass that much as a team because we run the Wing-T offense, but I know when I get into college the majority of plays are going to require me to pass set.
PrepCA: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Joe: Joe Witeck is going to be playing tackle; he started the end of the season last year and is only getting better. All three of are running backs Charles Neal, Rocky Toloa, and Shane Henry are all going to be very good players next year.
PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and why?
Joe: One of the best players on our defense last year was near the top of the tackle charts and he only played half of the season was Shane Toten. You might think it's not that big an accomplishment but when your only 5' 8" and weigh 160 it's a huge accomplishment. Shane played defensive end the first part of the season and later on they moved him to linebacker where in my opinion he shined. Shane also ended up with 10 sacks. Shane is already getting bigger and will be a very big defensive threat next year.
PrepCA: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
Joe: I am hoping to play for a major Division 1 school with a good engineering program.
PrepCA: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
Joe: I'm just now starting to get some letters and hear from the coaches.
PrepCA: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
Joe: Yes, it would be nice if it worked out so I could see my family and they could watch me play, if I could stay in state that would be great.
PrepCA: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
Joe: #80 from South Hills (Tobi Umodu). He played defensive end and I struggled that whole game trying to block him. He was just too fast.
PrepCA: Name one team who you really respect and why?
Joe: I really respect Mater Dei and their football program. That's why when I found out we were playing them in the first round of the playoffs I got a little nervous because I knew they were a good team.
PrepCA: What other sports do you play?
Joe: I throw discus and shot for the Aztecs.
PrepCA: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
Joe: Bench: 330 lb, Squat: 400 lb, Power Clean: 115 kilos, 40 yard dash: 5.1.
PrepCA: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Joe: My coach would tell you I am a good player but have a lot to improve on.
PrepCA: Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?
Joe: Brett Favre is the man. What I admire about him is his toughness.
PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?
Joe: Great people were not born great. They became great by making a decision to pursue their dream in life and by refusing to give up. The struggle we must all face on the road to our dreams is what makes us great. Ordinary people can become extraordinary if they dedicate their lives to the pursuit of their dreams."The harder the conflict, the more glory in overcoming it." – Thomas Paine.
PrepCA: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
Joe: Next year we are going to be a good team, especially on offense with almost all returning starters. I'm looking forward to getting the pads on again.
The staff at PrepCA would like to thank Joe for his time and wish him luck during the upcoming season.