This week's Lee-Scott Athlete of the Week is senior Dallas Mitchell, who plays offense and defense for the Warriors
The Auburn Villager: How long have you been playing football for the Warriors? When did you start playing football?
Dallas Mitchell: I’ve been playing for 10 years. I started in third grade.
AV: Is it a passion for you?
DM: I enjoy playing it but I’m not good enough to do anything into the future. I’m not going to play it in college, I just enjoy playing it in high school.
AV: What position do you play? What’s most challenging about that position?
DM: On offense, I’m a guard. On defense, I’m a middle linebacker. I have bad shoulders and I hit those a lot so they go dead. That’s probably the hardest part about it, not the physically demanding part, it’s just the pain makes me screw up every now and then but it’s not that big of a deal.
AV: Do you have a particular strategy or technique on the field?
DM: Just offense: hit my blocks, defense: fly to the football.
AV: What’s your impression of the team this year and how are practices going?
DM: Practices are good. Lately we’ve been picking up the intensity, so that’s helped out a lot. We’re getting after it now, we figured out what we needed to do.
AV: Do you follow the Auburn Tigers? Any thoughts on the team this year?
DM: Yes. I don’t go to the games anymore but I used to. We have lots of talent. The coach, head coach may be a bit of an issue, that’s my opinion on it. But we have really good potential, we just have to pull all of that together.
AV: What’s your biggest challenge as an athlete and your greatest strength?
DM: A challenge for me is overcoming these shoulders. These dang things have been driving me crazy this year; I’ve worn them out. I went to the doctor yesterday; I’m all lose, I have no support in them anymore. I don’t know about greatest strength; I just play the game.
AV: Any post-graduation plans?
DM: I’ve been accepted into Auburn. I’m going into Animal Sciences. I want to eventually go into the veterinary school and do that. I’m excited about that and ready to move on.
AV: What are you most looking forward to about college life?
AV: Any hobbies or interests outside of sports?
DM: I hunt a lot. Deer, ducks, doves, anything that walks or flies, I hunt it.
Interview by Allison Barilone