A to Z with J.R. Bass
Published: Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 12:44 a.m.
POSITION: Running back/defensive back
JERSEY NUMBER: 5
WEIGHT: 180 pounds
A rea football player I would pay to watch play: D'Karas Fields, the former P.K. Yonge quarterback. He can make a big play anytime, anywhere on the field. He's fast.
B est movie I've ever seen: “Godzilla.” When I was little, it seemed like my favorite. I saw it on the big screen, and it made it so much better.
C oach Joey Pearson's' best words of advice for me: “Don't give up, strive to be the best.”
D ay of game, I do what to prepare myself? I just listen to music and try not think about it so much.
E arliest sports memory? My first year of football, when I was 9, I lost every single game.
F avorite thing about living in Mayo: Just hanging out with my friends, going deer hunting and fishing.
G ame-winning scenario I have dreamed of: That it comes down to a field goal and our kicker (Joan Pedro Negrete) kicks the winning field goal from 45 yards.
H ardest thing about playing No. 1 Trenton tonight on the road with a state semifinal berth on the line is ... They have two great players. It is hard to stop both of them. When you play a team, it is easy to stop one. But when you have more than one great player, it's tough. They have (Stephen) Smith and (Cedric) Stokes, and they are pretty good.
I nteresting thing about me away from football: I used to play soccer when I was young. In the rec league, I was one of the top scorers. I quit when I started high school.
J oker on the team: Kenny Johnson because he does crazy things. When no one is laughing at a serious moment, he will do a funny face and get everyone laughing.
K ey to becoming a good running back: Following your blocks and running to daylight. As a running back, you either have it or you don't. You can't just put anyone back there.
L east favorite Lafayette sports moment: During my 10th grade when we lost to Jefferson (County) in the second round of the playoffs.
M y pick to win this year's BCS National Championship based on what I have watched thus far is ... Right now I will stick with Alabama. I'm a Florida State fan, but I can't see them making it with the loss they had. Alabama is a strong team.
N ickname? Don't have one.
O ne person in my life who inspires me most: My dad (Jamie Bass). He's the one who got me started in football and taught me how to hunt, fish, and how to be a man.
P otential college major: Haven't figured it out yet.
Q uick response to what a possible state semifinal game being played in Mayo would mean to the city? It would mean everything. I think stores would close down, and everyone would be there.
R eading the newspaper or going online to get my high school sports coverage: I read the newspaper.
S uperstition I have: I'm not a superstitious type of person.
T he thing that impresses me most about our team having won eight straight after a 1-2 start: We started playing together as a family. We know when we start that game, we will have each other's back. At the beginning of the year, we didn't have that and weren't in good shape. We are more family now, and that is what you got to have.
U niversities or colleges considering: I got JU (Jacksonville), Georgia Southern, Western Michigan, FAU, FIU. They are all looking at me, but no offers yet. I'm just waiting.
V acation spot I love: I really don't go on vacation. I would go hunting or fishing or hang out with my girlfriend.
W atching the Lafayette girls teams (volleyball and softball) win three state titles in a year, does that motivate your team? Oh yeah, they talk junk to us. That makes us want to get at least one, especially because they are girls.
X box, PlayStation or Wii? I play Playstation 3, “Modern Warfare 3.”
Y ear I was born: 1993.
Z oo animal I like most: A lion. They are mean, and you are never going to push a lion around.