This week's Athlete of the Week is Auburn High's Will Sorrells, a senior middle linebacker on the Tigers' football team.
Auburn Villager: How did you get your start playing football?
Will Sorrells: Growing up, I was always playing rec league football and stuff, flag football and then tackle, and then I kind of just joined the high school team.
AV: What do you like most about playing middle linebacker?
WS: Leading the defense, getting to call strengths and stuff. That's pretty cool.
AV: What is the most challenging part of playing the position?
WS: Probably like size. Playing against lot of big ole linemen is pretty hard, but that's fun. That's the fun part.
AV: Other linebackers I have talked to throughout the years really like getting the big hit? Is that a favorite part of playing the position for you, too?
WS: The one in the Central game was real fun. Just hit him and the helmet went flying. It was great.
AV: Does making a big hit like that pump the team up?
WS: Oh yeah. I think it got us a little hype because in the third quarter we kind of went on a little run on defense. We stopped them a little bit, so it was good. It got the momentum going.
AV: Do you have any role models or other linebackers you looked up to, and if so, what did you pick up from them?
WS: I like Luke Kuechly in the NFL. I watch him, so that's good. He had good footwork; he never really got blocked. He's a good side-to-side player, and that's what I try to emulate.
AV: In general, are you looking forward to the playoffs?
WS: I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be fun. I think we have a real chance to go all the way, and starting at home is going to be big. It's going to be a great atmosphere.
AV: As a senior, you've stepped into a leadership role. How has that gone?
WS: It's pretty interesting. You go out there, lead the defense, talk to everybody. And they look up to me, and I'm trying to just be a good role model.
AV: Do you play any other sports?
WS: I used to play baseball, but now it's just football.
AV: As a senior, do you know what you want to do yet after you graduate?
WS: I think I'm going to go to UAB for physical therapy and maybe walk on.
AV: Do you have any hobbies outside of sports?
WS: I don't know. I'm really big into sports, so that's about it.
Interview by Brian Woodham