GAINESVILLE QUARTERBACK DE- shaun Watson won a state title and top offensive honors last season, but there’s still an area he wants to
improve. Watson threw for 4,024 yards and 50
touchdowns on the Red Elephants’ run to the title, but head coach Bruce Miller said the starter
stayed relatively silent during the streak.
“He’s a quiet kid,” Miller said. “He doesn’t
say a whole lot unless he’s spoken to. He leads
While Watson has preferred his leadership
to be performance-driven in past seasons, he
wants to be the vocal leader as a senior.
“I’ve talked to coach [Miller] about that and
I told him I’m going to become more of a vo-
cal leader,” Watson said. “If someone is doing
something wrong I’m going to get on them and
make sure they do it right.”
Watson’s numbers exceeded expectations
last season with 1,441 yards and 24 touch-
downs on the ground to compliment his aerial
attack. Watson said he’d have to top those
numbers this season.
“I have to do more of that because I’m
a senior this year,” Watson said. “A lot of
people have their eyes on me so I need to
lead the team.”
Miller first watched Watson play in el-
ementary school, and said he knew then
how special of a player he was.
IN A DAY WHEN MOST SKILL PO- sition athletes are smack talking and showboating after every play, a kid like Nick Chubb is refreshing.
The Cedartown running back that is so
highly coveted by most major colleges just
takes care of his business and lets others
make up their mind about how good he is.
“In a society that looks toward people
that do a lot of talking, he just leads by
example,” Cedartown head coach Scott
Hendrix said. “He doesn’t have to say
much, his actions speak much louder
than words and kids pick up on that.”
Chubb’s mild mannered personality
meshes well with the small community
of Cedartown and helped him navigate
questions about his college decision
during the offseason. It also aided him
in the classroom, where he would use
his 3. 75 GPA to help fellow students.
But this is his senior season, and after
leading the Bulldogs to the state tournament two seasons ago for the first time
since 2004, Chubb wants more. And he
might just have to change his personality some to do that.
“I haven’t really had to lead by speaking. When
I was a freshman and sophomore other people
really took that role, so I always led by example,”
Chubb said. “I’m going to have to keep doing that
but also start to speak up and help out because
the players will listen to me before anyone else
because of who I am, so I have to speak up and
let them know what’s right.”
Chubb was phenomenal in his sophomore
and junior seasons, rushing for more than 4,000
yards and 60 touchdowns in only 21 games.
“He’s had a very positive influence on our
“We’re trying to win more games and get that
football program,” Hendrix said. “Our total pro-
gram has gotten a lot of notoriety because of
Before Chubb heads off to the next level he
wants to accomplish one more thing for his
small community. He wants Cedartown to play
more than 11 games for the first time in more
than a decade.
region title, we came up a little bit short last
season and we hope this year will be a little bit
different,” Chubb said.
If the team follows his lead, they will likely
“More than being a good player, Nick is a fan-
tastic young man,” Hendrix said. “He’s helped
make everybody in our program better.”
– Ryne Dennis