This week's Athlete of the Week is Lee-Scott Academy junior Buck Dean, 16. Dean plays running back, outside linebacker and punter on the LSA varsity football team.
The Auburn Villager: You guys had a Jamboree game two weeks ago and kicked off your season last week. How did it feel to kick the season off and how do you feel about the game?
Buck Dean: It felt good. I think we played all right for what was there. We played good effort-wise. We just made some small mistakes, which led to what happened in the end; we lost with three seconds left. We did great blocking wise, but made some mistakes. I've watched that film like 100 times.
AV: Oh yeah? Does it haunt you or do you learn from it?
BD: We can fix it. We all watch the film together and get better from it. Monroe is a good team, though. We were very physical with them.
AV: Your next game is away, against Calvary Christian. How are you preparing?
BD: They have a big quarterback, and I think our defense is very well coached by Coach Maddox. I think that we are going to stop their pass game. So, we can just eliminate that and focus on the quarterback.
AV: Being a junior this year, has the dynamic shifted for you any? Have you had to take on a leadership role within the team?
BD: My brother — Bo, No. 34 — he's a big leader on the team. He leads, and then I just lead as an example. Whatever he says, I'll do, so everybody says, "Yeah, let's do it; I'll just follow him or Bo."
AV: Are you and your brother close?
BD: Yeah, we are.
AV: How long have you played football?
BD: Oh, forever.
AV: What do you like about it?
BD: I like the feeling of a good ol' punt and when you break away on a run. And I like hitting some people.
AV: Do you play other sports?
BD: I play basketball, and I do hurdles in track.
AV: So you stay busy then.
BD: Yeah, all the time.
AV: Do you have any athlete you look up to?
BD: I kind of look up to my brother, mostly sports-wise.
AV: It's two years away, but are you already thinking about what you want to do when you graduate?
BD: I want to try to be a punter, but I have to work really hard this summer and see what's going to happen. Maybe stay in the state or do whatever; I don't know. I have to go to some camps and see what college look at me.
AV: Do the coaches help you prepare for your future?
BD: They always remind me to stay dedicated and go to the camps so I can actually be recognized by the coaches.
AV: Are you from here?
BD: Yes; I live in Auburn. I lived in Lafayette, but moved to Auburn.
AV: So you're open to going anywhere?
BD: Anywhere that offers it to me.