November 6, 2014 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
The Definition of A Student Athlete
In today’s world of high school sports, student athletes are far more under the media microscope. Sometimes the attention these athletes attract can be very overwhelming, so much that athletes forget the fact that they are students first. With all of this being said at Moore Traditional High School in Louisville, Kentucky, there is a senior defensive end on the football team who has proved to be an excellent “student athlete”. His name is Shaun Whittinghill,a great football player and an even better student.
Although the Moore Mustangs didn’t have the best regular season and missed the playoffs, Whittinghill managed to put up excellent stats this season. In his senior season the 6 ft. 4 225 pound defensive end totaled 137 tackles, 11 sacks, three blocked field goals, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and one interception! In addition to all of that Whittinghill also ran a 4.78 40 yard dash time.
It’s obvious that Whittinghill is a very talented football player, however he also does a lot of off the field work as well. Whittinghill has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and is heavily involved in the FCA campus program at Moore. He definitely embraces his faith and his believes, while looking to be a great asset to his community. Analyzed Sports was honored to have Whittinghill answer some questions about not only football, but his future as well.
Analyzed Sports: As a football player at Moore High School what has been your greatest memory with the team?
Whittinghill: My greatest memory is definitely building the brotherhood with my teammates over the four years that I have played here.
Analyzed Sports: As a leader of the team what do you feel is your best quality?
Whittinghill: My best quality I have is the fact that I lead by example.
Analyzed Sports: What are aspects of your game you feel you need to improve on ?
Whittinghill: Every part of my game needs improvement, but I really need to focus on strength, quickness, my explosion off the ball, and my flexibility.
Analyzed Sports: What are you looking forward to the most about the college experience?
Whittinghill: I’m looking forward to getting a free education and being coached to my full potential while playing against the best competition that college football has to offer, week in and week out.
Analyzed Sports: What is something that you could contribute to a college football team right away?
Whittinghill: I could contribute my dedication and heart to the team.
Whittinghill seems to be very focused on his preparation to be a college student athlete. With his determination and leadership skills, Whittinghill is a college football head coach’s dream. He has been offered a scholarship recently from Austin Peay and should go on to have many offers coming as the college football signing period approaches.
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