A to Z with Michael McLeod

Published: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 1:15 a.m.


Michael McLeod

  • School: Keystone Heights
  • Year: Senior
  • Position: Goalie
  • Jersey number: 12
  • Height: 6-foot-0
  • Weight: 155 pounds

  • A thlete you admire most: Chris Leak. Even though his own fans hated him for a while, he came through and he had the game of his life.
    B iggest strength/weakness you have in your sport: My strength is my leg power and my aggressiveness. My weakness is my 40 time. I need to work on that.
    C ollege choices: I'm looking at UF. Next is Georgia as my second choice. I'm going to try to walk on at Florida and be the kicker.
    D ream job: Orthopedic surgeon.
    E -mail, text or phone call: Phone call.
    F avorite pro and college teams: College team is definitely the Gators, and that's before they won the national championship. I don't watch much pro sports, but I guess Manchester United.
    G oal this season: Win our fourth district title in a row. From there, we want to win state.
    H ardest practice drill: When I played club soccer for (Oak Hall coach) Basil Benjamin, he had a drill called the pit. It's basically four volleyball courts side-by-side filled with sand and rocks, and you sprint down and jog back. We'd do that for at least 15 minutes. It would wear your feet out, your legs would be burning.
    I dol: My dad (Vince McLeod).
    J uice, milk or coffee in the morning: Smoothies (Blueberry smoothies with bee pollen and protein). Is that weird?
    K ind of shoes you wear: I have a pair of old-man slippers. They're real comfy.
    L ast time you laughed out loud: You saw me laughing (during the interview and photo shoot).
    M ovie you love: I just saw "Pursuit of Happyness" and I liked that. I also liked "Pirates of the Caribbean."
    N ickname: My whole football team calls me Pele. At least half of them don't know my real name.
    O ff-field hobby: Mountain biking and wakeboarding.
    P regame ritual: I have the same person (senior Sam Nadler) warm me up. Then I make the sign of the cross, tap the left goal post, shuffle across the goal line, jump and hit the crossbar, roll my left shoulder and then tap the other post.
    Q uirky habit: I chew ice.
    R ival you want to beat most: My only rival this year is Orange Park St. John's Country Day, our only loss of the year.
    S ong you sing in the shower that could go to No. 1 on the charts: "The Hurricane" by Bob Dylan.
    T elevision show you can't miss: "House," and I'm mad because they're taking another three weeks off.
    U seless fact about you: I can't stand certain fabrics (especially the material that lines the inside of the roof of a car).
    V ocal teammate: Senior center defender Austin Bennett.
    W orst loss: Last year in the regional finals to Lake Highland Prep (lost in a shootout).
    X -rays: My left wrist when I was in fourth grade. I also separated my shoulder playing for Basil.
    Y our best friend: My girlfriend (Caitlin Hopkins).
    Z any thing your coach once said: Our assistant coach (Robert Laurent) was joking around and he said, "The best thing about y'all is that you don't listen. The worst thing is y'all suck."
    - John Patton

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