Jesse Astlin, Westminster High School, football

Q&A --

September 17, 2006|By Bill Free

Westminster junior running back Jesse Astlin made quite a debut in varsity football, rushing for 94 yards on 18 carries and scoring both of his team's touchdowns in a 12-0 season-opening victory over rival South Carroll. Astlin, 5 feet 8, 140 pounds, got a chance to start in his first varsity game when senior Michael Hill couldn't play because of a knee injury.

What do you like most about playing football? The adrenaline rush you get from the game.

What is the hardest part of playing the game?

Probably staying focused on what you need to do. I don't mind the beating you take in practice because it only makes you better. Even though I'm small for a running back, size doesn't really matter to me as long as you've got heart and the right attitude for the game.

The most disappointing moment for you?

Even though I wasn't on varsity last year, watching the team lose in the second overtime to Gwynn Park in the [Class 3A] state finals.

The happiest moment?

Going out on the field as the starting running back. I knew during the week I was going to start because our starter had been out for a couple of weeks, and Coach [Brad] Wilson always says if you don't practice, you don't play.

How important is football in your life?

Right now it's probably one of the most important things in my life. It's pretty much the only sport I play.

What's your major goal?

For the team, we want to get back to the state finals.

How far do you want to take the sport?

I've always liked football, but I haven't made up my mind about playing in college. I'm not sure if I want to play college football.

If you weren't playing football, what would you be doing?

I don't know what I'd do if I weren't playing football. I guess I'd just be working harder in school.

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