Sterlington Senior Q & A

Continuing preseason preparations, the Sterlington Panthers will strap on the pads for the first time Thursday morning.

Four seniors — strong safety Trevor Jones, linebacker Dawson Snell, guard Whit Buffington and quarterback Carson Clowers — shared their thoughts on the upcoming campaign following Wednesday's practice session.

NOWN: What was the most fun part of your summer?

Trevor Jones: I took a trip to the beach (Gulf Shores, Alabama) with friends and family before I started workouts out for football and going to work.

Dawson Snell: Riding 4-wheelers, mud-riding and fishing. I caught some cats, a few bass and a few frogs.

Whit Buffington: Just hanging out with family and friends. We went to Caney Lake a couple of times and did some fishing.

Carson Clowers: Playing baseball for D-Bat Ark-La-Tex with Brooks (Rushworth) and Jarrett (McDonald). I also played for Team Louisiana in Troy, Alabama. There were about 30 college coaches at every game, and we won the tournament.

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NOWN: What is the biggest improvement we can expect to see in your individual game this year?

Jones: Just being a leader, talking more on the field and getting everybody lined up.

Snell: Probably talking a little louder and being a leader by my actions.

Buffington: I feel like I have gotten a lot faster. I expect to be more of a leader, and to look at others before myself.

Clowers: Mainly, I just want to stay healthy all year. I wasn't at 100 percent last year until probably the second round of the playoffs.

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NOWN: Which teammate is going to be the most pleasant surprise?

Jones:Bailyn McKoin. He didn't get a lot of playing time last year, but he's worked hard over the summer and is ready to step up.

Snell: Trey Eddins has gotten bigger and stronger and has more experience.

Buffington: Brock Risinger. He's a young guy, but he plays like he's been starting all along. He's going to help us a lot this year at weakside guard.

Clowers: Brooks didn't play a lot last year because he was hurt. He's moved to tight end (from defensive end), and is really going to help us.

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NOWN: Which game are you most looking forward to?

Jones: OCS. We have to beat them after what happened last time.

Snell: OCS for the same reason as Trevor. They beat us last year and they're our rival.

Buffington: OCS because it didn't turn out good for us last year. We have to redeem ourselves and finish out with a win against them.

Clowers: Calvary. I played baseball with a couple of their guys over the summer. It's going to be a cool place to play. They have nice facilities and sweet jerseys.