Bearcat seniors spotlight

Published 4:26 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dameon Pierce

Dameon Pierce is the Bearcats starting running back. He comes into his senior year with 18 offers from Division 1 programs, including Georgia, Florida State, Stanford and Michigan State.

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This season, Pierce’s biggest goal is to have fun.

“Because if you have fun, everything falls into place,” Pierce said. “If you have fun and give it your all, you can lose and say that you left everything on the field. As long as you leave everything on the field, I’m alright with that.”

Pierce must have had a little bit of fun in 2016, when he scored 20 touchdowns on 243 carries for 1,686 yards.

But how can he improve? Pierce listed getting faster and stronger, but keyed in on his leadership skills. He said he wants to be more vocal and lead by example.

“This is my last year with my boys, and as long as we’re having fun making great memories, that’s all,” Pierce said.

Devin Morris

Devin Morris is a three-year starter at defensive end, and will be a major threat in opponent’s backfields during the 2017 season.

In 2016, Morris had 44 solo tackles, 14 of them for a loss. He is working hard to get those numbers even higher this season.

“You got to work hard,” Morris said. “Work hard in the weight room every day. Come out here and push for it. I got to have (my teammates) pushing me to get there, too.”

Morris’ goal this season is winning 15 games, which means going undefeated for a state championship. The road won’t be easy, which is why he emphasized the work he and the team are putting into summer workouts.

If he can improve on anything, he said it would be his speed and strength to get off blocks and sack quarterbacks.

Zion Andrews

Zion Andrews likes to smile, but you won’t find him grinning in the trenches on a football field. The returning defensive tackle starter was crucial in clogging up lanes last season when he made 13 tackles, one for a loss.

Summer workouts are tough, but he sees the benefit on himself and the team.

“Work hard, play like a champ and push everybody to be good,” Andrews said

Andrews’ favorite memory as a Bearcat is making his first tackle ever against Cairo. He hopes to make many more tackles this season.

Spencer Van Housen

Spencer Van Housen has been having fun getting better every day at practice. As right tackle, Van Housen will be working hard to get bigger, faster and more physical during the offseason.

“I’m small for that position, so I got to be fast and be physical and explode off the line,” Van Housen said.

Van Housen said every day in practice, he and the team were going to push as hard as they can and fight for everything.

“We got to get everything ready for the season,” he added.