August 25, 2011
Grammer Set Sights High
High school teams all over the country are wrapping up camp and finishing their final preparations getting ready for their opening week of football. Today we talk to Tuscaloosa (Alabama) American Christian Academy quarterback Austin Grammer and talk about what he does to get ready for games and the coming season.
Last season Grammer and his team made it to the semifinals of the Alabama State Playoffs and have 19 returning starters, so they are in great shape to make another deep run and Grammer is eyeing a State Championship.
"This year we have ten starters returning on offense, everyone except our running back, but we have a guy that will step in who's played with us since middle school," the 6-foot-2, 204-pound gunslinger said. "On defense we only lost two linebackers."
The season has already started off on a high note for the Patriots in their preseason game in which they had a convincing win against a much larger school.
"We've been in camp for about three weeks now," Grammer said. "Everything is pretty much the same with the team, even though we have a new head coach, who was our offensive coordinator last year. He'll be my fourth head coach since I've been in high school. "We just played our preseason jamboree game, we're a 2A school and we beat a 4A school by three touchdowns," he added.
The Patriots run a spread offense and line up in a lot of four and five wide receiver sets and throw the ball a lot, last season Grammer had 33 passing touchdowns with only one interception.
"I do a lot of film study and off the field work," the talented signal caller said attributing his off the field work to his success on the field. "I watch a ton of film on my opponents, if we play a team on Friday, I will start watching film the previous Friday and I watch it every day. Leading up to this week's game I've been watching about two hours of film each day. I really enjoy watching it and dissecting everything so when I get out there on the field it's second nature and everything just happens."
This week the Patriots will play rival Pickens County a team the Patriots haven't beaten since Grammer's eighth grade year.
"If I could do one thing for my teammates and everybody at the school it would be to beat Pickens County," the Rivals two-star quarterback said. "That's kind of been a chip on my shoulder; it's been four years since we beat them, so that will be my first goal for this coming season."
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