Varsity Q&A: Loyola quarterback Mike Fafaul

  • Mike Fafaul enters the 2010 season as Loyola's starting quarterback.
Mike Fafaul enters the 2010 season as Loyola's starting… (Baltimore Sun photo by Lloyd…)
September 01, 2010|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

Loyola's Mike Fafaul cannot wait for the football season to kick off, so he can get his shot at quarterback. Last season, Fafaul backed up Connor Bruns, one of the area's top quarterbacks, and he's champing at the bit to take over the role full time beginning with Saturday's 4:30 p.m. game against DeMatha in the I-95 Classic at Towson University. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder also plays third base for the Dons' baseball team. The senior has a 3.3 grade-point average and plans a career in business after working at Under Armour this summer.

Question: How did you start playing football?

Answer: I've just been playing since I was little. I started when I was 7 years old, playing Cockeysville Rec. My dad's always liked it. He's always pushed me to play. I just fell in love with it.

Q: Were you pretty good at football when you were little?

A: My team was actually really good. I played tight end, [defensive] end. I didn't play quarterback until I came to high school. I was always one of the backup guys. We won the state championship two times for Cockeysville and two times for Perry Hall.

Q: How did playing behind Connor Bruns prepare you?

A: Connor, he was a great quarterback. It really helped to just watch what he did. It really helped to learn the offense, so I can come out this year and just go right into it. If I had come out last year, I wouldn't have known what I was doing. They just threw me right into it this year.

Q: I'm sure last year you wished you could have been playing the position, but in hindsight, do you think it was better to build up to it?

A: I'm not sure, because it was hard with the college process. They all look for tape. They want to see what your tape looks like and it's made things a lot more difficult, but I think it made me better, because it really made me work and it made me hungry to try [to] be the best quarterback I can this year. I don't think I would have worked as hard as I did in the offseason if I wasn't pushed to do that like I was.

Q: Do you like the responsibility of that position?

A: Yeah. I like everything about it. I like that you have to lead the team. I feel really comfortable playing the position. I think I can do good things once I get my shot.

Q: Are you looking forward to the I-95 Classic and getting to play DeMatha?

A: They're a great team. I've been playing with those guys at the combines this summer and they're really talented. I think we're going to have to put on our best game just to compete with them, but it will be a lot of fun. I can't wait.

Q: Do you like the idea of all those games in one day at the I-95 Classic?

A: I think that's a great deal they've got going, because it really gives us a chance to promote football in Maryland. They've got a lot of really good teams playing this year and it's going to be really good football.

Q: What's the toughest thing about playing in the A Conference and even with the rest of your schedule, with teams like DeMatha?

A: Just the talent you face week in and week out. All the teams are good and if you have a bad day, you're going to lose. You've got to be always prepared and ready to go.

Q: What did you do on your summer vacation?

A: Football (laughs). I went down to the beach for one day. That's it. I got one day off. I had to come back and I went to a showcase, the Chesapeake Bowl. I was down there for 24 hours with my friends.

Q: Football-wise, what did you do this summer?

A: I went to a lot of camps and a lot of showcases. We visited Maryland, UNC, Boston College, William & Mary, Princeton. We went to other things like Football University's Top Gun. They have like a showcase and the Chesapeake Bowl. Just a lot of different stuff we did all throughout the summer.

Q: What's something that few people know about you?

A: Probably that I play guitar. Not many people know that.

Q: How did you get started with that?

A: My grandfather played in a jazz ensemble. He played saxophone, but I just always liked guitar. I taught myself how to play it and I've been playing in my church band a little bit. I used to. I haven't had much time since football's really picked up.

Q: Is it relaxing?

A: I enjoy it a lot. It really gives me a chance to get off of football and get off of everything, because when you're playing music, it kind of gives you a chance to forget about everything and focus on what you're doing.

Q: What was your first sport?

A: Baseball. I've been playing baseball since I was like 2 years old.

Q: You said your dad [Mike Sr.] was a lacrosse player in college. Is there a lacrosse/baseball rivalry between you two?

A: He likes baseball. It seems like he likes it more than me sometimes. He pushed me to play. I used to play lacrosse. I played four sports at one time actually, but I was better at baseball and I just started to like it more and I got really good at it.

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