In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Grafton Bearcats Football Player Ian Baker
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I have played football for as long as I can remember. I love spending time with my family, and I want to study pharmacy in college.
What have you been doing with all this time off?
I spent a lot of time working out and trying to stay in shape.
How do you feel about COVID-19 affecting school and sports?
Things are definitely gonna be different and it won’t be completely ideal, but I plan to make the most of my senior season.
What is the most bizarre question you have ever been asked by someone about football?
“Is the quarterback on offense or defense?”
What’s the toughest position to play on the football field? Why?
I’d say quarterback or middle linebacker. They both have to memorize calls and signals and have to make sure everyone knows what they’re doing.
What is one rule change that you’d most like to see happen in high school football?
I’d like to see more protection for wide receivers.
What one word or phrase do you think describes you?
If you could go back and change anything you’ve done in your athletic career, even if it’s just something minor, what would it be?
I wish I would’ve appreciated the time I had when I was younger playing sports. Time went by too fast.
What is your favorite movie about sports?
We Are Marshall.
You get to spend the day with anyone (past or present), who do you choose and why?
Drew Brees. He’s my favorite football player of all time and I feel like he would have a lot of good advice about life and sports to give me.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Starting a family of my own and living life to the fullest.
If you could excel at any other sport, what would it be and why?
Basketball. It’s always been my favorite sport behind football, and it is super fun to play and watch.
What do you think you do well as a player?
I think I read plays and react well.
What do you think you need to work on as a player?
My physical aspects. I need to be bigger, stronger, and faster.
Who is your favorite NFL player?
Drew Brees has always been my favorite player.
Where is your favorite away stadium to compete at and why?
East-West Stadium. The turf is really nice, and the atmosphere is always electric inside the stadium.
Give me the name of one player on your team that doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.
Andrew Irvine is a super hardworking and great player. He deserves more attention than he gets.
If we do have a season (we might know one way or the other by the time this interview comes out), what’s the outlook for this year’s squad?
Things look good for us right now. Our team is working super hard and we’re all on the same page.
What makes the best football teams in the state great?
They all have a good coaching staff and work as a group instead of playing with individuality.
What did you think of these questions?
I think they were great! I enjoyed answering them for you!
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