By: Donald Kane
Senior running back and safety Dylan Crossen has been playing football for Guerin Catholic ever since his freshman year, and certainly knows what it takes to win games. During the offseason, he has put that knowledge to good use by preparing himself both mentally and physically to play both sides of the ball.
When McCutcheon travels to Guerin Catholic on August 17 for both teams opening game of the season, Crossen will line up as a running back on offense and as a safety on defense. With a new quarterback after the departure of senior Luke Keller as well as Crossen’s ability to take off in the open field, I believe that fans will see a steady dose of the run game the entire season. On the defensive side of the ball, Crossen will be looked to as one of the leaders of the secondary and hope to limit the opposing teams big play opportunities. After a productive season last year, look for this year to be no different as Crossen looks to go out with a bang.
Question and Answer
Knowing that you are one of the leaders on the team, do you feel that your role has changed compared to previous years?
DC: I do feel as if my role has changed because the seniors are responsible for the team as a whole. In previous years, I looked up to the seniors and tried to emulate them. It’s now my job to return the favor.
A few weeks into training and practice, do you like where the team is at as a whole?
DC: After summer practices, I do like where the team stands. We have put in a lot of hard work and are continuing to improve. However, it is important that we do not become complacent as we are trying to capture the 3A State Championship!
Personally, what do you want to improve upon leading up to the first game?
DC: Leading into the first game, I want to be as comfortable as possible with our offensive and defensive schemes. The more comfortable you are, the more the game slows down and allows you to make more plays.
What do you want Guerin Catholic fans to remember most about you with regards to your play on the field?
DC: I want Guerin Catholic fans to remember my consistent hustle, physicality, and playmaking ability.
What has been your biggest moment as a Guerin Catholic football player?
DC: My biggest moment as a Guerin Catholic football player has been starting my sophomore year. It was my first glimpse of high school football!
Do you have any pregame routine to get ready for games?
DC: Before each game, I am sure to roll and stretch out. The long school days can limit my mobility.
Who is your favorite football player of all time and why?
DC: Although I have many favorite football players, the one that sticks out the most is Bob Sanders. He was a tremendous playmaker and is one of the best safeties that the Colts have ever seen.
What are your goals and aspirations after you leave Guerin Catholic?
DC: After I leave Guerin Catholic, I hope to play college football and become an Orthodontist.