A to Z with Jacquez Powell


Jacquez Powell

Elizabeth Hamilton/ Correspondent
Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 8:47 p.m.

SCHOOL: Trenton

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Fullback/linebacker

JERSEY NUMBER: 10

HEIGHT: 5-foot-9

WEIGHT: 185 pounds

A rea football player I would pay to watch play: Deshawn Roland (from Chiefland). Watching him run the ball is fun to do, because he's so shifty and hard to bring down.

B est movie I've ever seen: “Friday After Next.”

C oach Andrew Thomas' best words of advice for me: Go 100 percent every down.

D ay of the game, I do what to prepare myself? I listen to my music and sit by my locker and study my hit chart.

E arliest sports memory? When I won my first district championship in football.

F avorite thing about living in Trenton? Just being able to know everybody and how the community is so close. Everyone knows each other. It's like one big family.

G ame-winning scenario I have dreamed of: It would have to be making a game-saving tackle. It's just defense is my thing, and I feel that I'm pretty good at it.

H aving a team-leading 97 tackles at linebacker and the Tigers' second-most rushing TDs (12) as a fullback has been possible because ... I felt as a senior I had to step up and be a leader, because we don't have those guys such as Cedric Stokes, Hunter Parrish and Clint Lee to lead the team. It's now me and Stephen (Smith), and we stepped up as seniors. I felt like I needed to do everything for my team to win.

I nteresting thing about me away from football: A lot of people know it and call me country, but I actually like to hunt. I'm in the woods every weekend.

J oker on the team: It's got to be Josh Mathis (a freshman lineman). He's a young kid, but he's got a lot of heart and he's the funniest. He's a clown.

K ey to winning at home against No. 2 Dixie County, which is 10-0 this season, in Friday's Class 1A state semifinals: Focus and preparation.

L inebacker I model my game after: (San Francisco 49ers linebacker) Patrick Willis. He's mean and physical, and that's how I like to play.

M y pick to win this year's BCS national championship: I'm a Florida man and my team can't do it, but I'm going to have to say Florida State.

N ickname? Boobie. I got it in 10th grade when we watched “Friday Night Lights” in camp.

O ne person in my life who inspires me the most: My uncle Maurice. He helps me out when I'm down or I'm going through something, and that's the one person who I can talk to about anything.

P otential college major: I'd like to get my degree in business.

Q uiet-time activity: I play a lot of “Black Ops” and video games.

R eading the newspaper in print or going online for my sports coverage: In print.

S uperstition I have: I feel if I don't wear my Under Armour bands every game I'm not going to have a good game, so I make sure they're somewhere on my body.

T he lesson my team took away from losing its lone game this season, a 18-7 defeat at Dixie County on Sept. 13: After we lost over in Dixie, it was just an unsaid thing. We just had to get better to get where we want to be at. So if anybody is in our way, I guess they're just trying to stop us and we got to get past them.

U niversity or college choice: (Division III) Maryville College up in Tennessee. ... My good friend Hunter Parrish went up and played for them and he tells me how much he likes it.

V acation spot I love: Daytona Beach.

W hich of Trenton's 10 wins so far this season has been most satisfying? It would have to be (the 17-14 win over) Chiefland, because going into that game there were a lot of people doubting us. They didn't believe we could get it done, because of the people we lost. But we just had to prove them wrong, and I guess that's what we did.

X box, PlayStation or Wii? PlayStation.

Y ear I was born: 1996.

Z oo animal I like most: Tiger.

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