Position: Quarter Back
School: McMurry University
HT/WT:6’4” – 202lbs
-Heart Award – 2016- Summer Creek HS-Football
-Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year – 2018- McNeese State
– Deans List – 2018 -McNeese State
-Come Back Player of the Year – 2021- Trinity Valley CC
-Captain/Starting QB – 2022- McMurry University
“In 2016, I was diagnosed with ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) a hole between the two chambers of my heart, during my procedure I developed a blood clot in left leg which led to Compartment Syndrome. In order to save my leg, they cut my leg open on both sides, I was told I would never walk again, let alone never play football. Purely by the Glory of Jesus Christ and the miracles he performs, I am here still playing.”
How’d you end up at your current school? What was the recruiting process like?
- I had just finished my season at Trinity Valley CC, I was being recruited by schools and my HC at TVCC had a great relationship with the HC at McMurry. I went on a visit with honestly no intention of attending this school. On my visit I saw just how much the coaching staff loved the game, they didn’t have all the flashy recruiting aspects that most universities possess. The coaching staff is what made my decision, they made their intentions very clear, I wanted to play where it was about being the best and winning, after my visit I committed 2 weeks later.
What gives you an advantage over other athletes at your position?
Leadership is a quality I believe you are born with and being a Quarterback is much more than just throwing the pig skin. Being a Quarterback and leader has nothing to do with title or position, it is to change the culture and bring growth to those around you. I am a born leader and my work ethic is unmatched, I understand that at this position it demands more than being a great athlete or great leader. I eagerly accept the challenge of this position, a true Quarterback is what the team needs him to be, what separates me from others at my position is I find a way no matter what.
In 2016, I was diagnosed with ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) a hole between the two chambers of my heart, during my procedure I developed a blood clot in left leg which led to Compartment Syndrome. In order to save my leg, they cut my leg open on both sides, I was told I would never walk again, let alone never play football. Purely by the Glory of Jesus Christ and the miracles he performs, I am here still playing.
What separates me is I know my passion and I am going to give everything I have, others won’t.
What does being a student of a game mean to you?
Being a student of the game means everything you do the decisions you make, your intentions, your goals all align with studying the game. Every aspect of your life revolves around you continuing to learn and better yourself as a student. When you are a student, you never stop learning and it will become difficult, staying engaged and being humble enough to know you can learn from anyone and anything, but you have to be willing.
How does being a (insert your position) reflect itself in your personal life?
Being a Quarterback reflects in my personal life in many ways, naturally I want to take initiative of group activities, I often find myself helping others find solutions to their problems, and understanding that bettering myself will naturally better those around me. Especially with my family, it’s been a blessing to be accountable to them and see how learning to be disciplined on and off the field carries into being a better son, brother, and soon to be Fiancé.
How would you describe your work ethic?
My work ethic is a big part of who I am, I firmly believe how you do one thing is how you do everything. This game has taught me so much about life and what discipline truly does, I have seen what happens when you spend 2-3 years devoting your life to becoming a champion, you have own who you are and know your weaknesses. When I put my mind and attention to something, I am centered, focused, and driven nothing is stopping me from achieving what I set out to do. I devote my life to Jesus Christ and my work ethic is the same as my faith.
What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?
The most important thing I learned from the coaching staff is it takes everybody, no role is to small and no job is insignificant. It takes everyone to be successful, I also learned one of us hurts we all hurt and it is so important to approach your team the same way you approach family, with Love, honor, and respect.
What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
My biggest accomplishment in my opinion my was year at McMurry, I came into a team that didn’t know what it meant to be a winner nor having a winning culture, and being able to come in and show guys what it means to be winner on and off the field and lead them into that. That is biggest accomplishment.
How did you hear about the National Scouting Combine?
My roommate and dear friend Grant Miglicco worked the National Scouting Combine last year and he told me about the great experience he had as well as the opportunity it was to go.
Why did you choose the National Scouting Combine?
I chose the National Scouting Combine because I believe it is a great opportunity to showcase my talents and to hopefully show the football world that they need to take a closer look into what I can bring to an organization.
What do you hope to show people at the combine?
I will show the talents, gifts, work ethic, and faith that God has blessed me with at the combine. I hope to show people that there is more than meets the eye to me. I know the cards I have been dealt in life and it has led me here, I am eager to showcase the last 11 years and countless hours I have spent pouring my Heart, blood, sweat, and tears into the game I love.
What was your Major?
My major was Kinesiology, I enjoyed learning about the human body for many years especially after what took place with my own. I decided to switch it to Finance recently, one of my goals in life is to open my own physical therapy center and give people hope that whatever they lost can be found and improved in a way they did not imagine.
If you could make a positive impact on all of society, what would it be and why?
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, life is so much more than sports, money, title, stature, and position. This life will fade along with everything any of accomplish, we must live moment to moment knowing that there is a life in Heaven waiting for us after. People need to know they were created for a purpose and they need to know why.
What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
I am currently in the process of writing two books, one in which is my life story through the trials and tribulations I have faced, the other is a fictional series about a young man who feels that there is more to life than just his own current circumstance. This book is my personal version of the gospel through fictional characters, the closest example would be closer to C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, The witch, and The Wardrobe.”
If you had the opportunity to play another sport professionally, what sport would you choose?
I love answering this question. I have had the question posed to me on numerous occasions and I know it is not a sport but I another career path I would choose is to be a NAVY S.E.A.L. I believe that war is inevitable and these guys are the best of the best which is where I always want to be, also you can’t be a lone wolf, you have a team of guys that trust you with their lives and you trust them with yours. In my opinion there is no greater service you can do.
My other sport I would choose would be Tennis, I grew up playing Tennis with my brother who played professionally for a decade. I love the sport and find so much merit and honor in it, it takes a truly disciplined mind to be able to conquer a sport like tennis.
Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or “pay it forward” in your community?
Yes, I am a part of an organization called FCA – (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) I am currently mentoring a group of young man in their sports as well as learning what it is to be a true man. I firmly believe that giving is more important than receiving just as Jesus has instructed us to do so. FCA also has allowed me to see the importance of community and we are all truly on the same path in life, but we need help, nobody can do it alone.
I am also a part of the NHA- (National Heart Association) when I endured everything, I went through in 2016 it made me aware that I myself was one of thousands of people who find out they a Heart related disease. Being able to go to Hospitals and speak with other people who are going through I went through is a blessing, I know God has blessed me to endure my hardships so that through me others can see the Jesus continues to heal and perform miracles.
Other Organizations I have participated in
- Fishes Loaves – Houston, Tx -Feeding the homeless
- End Hunger in Houston – Help prepare meals for Single mothers
- Grace Church – Humble, Tx – Ministry and volunteer service for the community