Q&A with the Williston Red Devils


Williston Red Devils Keith Neal (5), Dywon Dunn (79), Austin Suggs (60), Stephen Cochlin (15) and Tay Hammonds (1) pose for a portrait during the high school media day at The Gainesville Sun on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Gainesville, Fla.

Elizabeth Hamilton/Correspondent
Published: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 23, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

Coach Jamie Baker

1. What are your expectations for the season?

"We want to win the district championship. That's our first goal. We're finally in a position competitively speaking where we can do that. We missed out on the rural class the last two years but now we have chance. It's huge in all sports. Our baseball and basketball teams have just missed out on state titles the last few years because they were in a higher class."

2. Tell us about some players you expect big things from this year?

"Keith Neal, Stephen Cochlin, Aaron Suggs, Dywon Dunn, Tay Hammonds. We want to be good up front. I think we have a chance to be more successful up front and we don't have a lot of depth, but I'm very excited about the guys up front and the linebackers. Our numbers are up so Stephen has a chance to just play one way. Tay will play both ways as a receiver and defensive back. We may have had some attrition this summer, but at the end of spring we had about 33 or 34 players. Last year we had about 21 players, and usually about three or four of those were hurt and couldn't suit up."

3. In what areas do you expect your team to improve most from last year?

"We should be improved up front, both sides of the ball. The district we play in that's huge, we all like to run the football."

4. What does it mean for the Red Devils to finally be playing in Class 1A?

"It means everything. It's easier to press on knowing you have that hope and it's better for the community, the team and the school to know that as well."

5. You faced your District 7 opponents last year and went 0-4 against them. How would you size up the district race this year?

"I don't think the competitive level is going to go anywhere. I think the strengths may shift to different places. Being these schools are small, the talent is going to ebb and flow. I think the district will still be strong but again the strengths will still be there, just in different places."

QB Stephen Cochlin

What football player do you pretend to be when you were younger?

"Tim Tebow. My nickname is Stevo Tebow, so obviously I always followed him."

LB/RB Keith Neal

What have you done this summer to prepare for the upcoming season?

"We trained harder than we usually have, and pushed harder with the new coaches and expectations we have. We have five new coaches, and all but one are former Gators, including RIcky Nattiel and Gerard Warren."

Q&A with Williston OL Austin Suggs

What is your favorite team to use when you are playing NCAA Football?

"Florida. Tough to not go with the Gators."

DL Dywon Dunn

What is the most overlooked position on a football team?

"Surprisingly I would have to say kicker. Too much blame if you miss and your team loses. But you get all the glory if you hit the winning kick."

WR/DB Tay Hammonds

If you were coaching this team and you were trailing by three points with two seconds left in regulation and faced with a fourth-and-goal situation from the four-yard line, what would you do?

"Go for it, and try to win the game. Give it to Keith (Neal) and have him punch it in."

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