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In the huddle with: Louisa OL/DL John Dennis
John Dennis is a 6-foot-3, 325-pound lineman for Louisa. He sat down with The Gridiron for the first installment of what will be a regular feature on this blog.
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE EARTHQUAKE HIT IN LOUISA?
I was coming from Coach Meeks’ office after looking at film. I closed the door hard and I thought I done got in trouble, because as soon as I shut it, things started shaking.
YOUR SCHOOL IS CLOSED FOR THE YEAR BECAUSE OF THE EARTHQUAKE. HOW CAN FOOTBALL BRING THIS COMMUNITY TOGETHER?
The school’s shutdown, but we’re still outside practicing. That’s all I can say. We’re gonna be ready. A whole lot of people’s homes were messed up pretty bad, so we need to come out and put on a show for them.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE WAY YOUR TEAM HAS HANDLED THIS DIFFICULT SITUATION?
Nobody’s missed practces, and we’re still rolling. Since school’s closed, we have more two-a-days. We get an extra two weeks of two-a-days. You can’t ask for better.* (*Just wanted to clear this one up. John wasn’t literally saying the team was having two-a-day practices. He was basically saying since school is still closed they’ve practiced during the day rather than at night. I was out there yesterday, and it was definitely just a one-a-day. The team practiced from 3 to about 6. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming…. -Adam)
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED PLAYING FOOTBALL?
I started in 7th grade, but I was always big so people always expected me to play. They were like, ’You’re gonna be a beast.’ And they gave me nicknames like Little Young Warren Sapp and things like that.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT PLAYING?
My favorite part is crunchtime.
WHAT INTERESTS YOU AWAY FROM THE FIELD?
I like to write. I write songs and stuff like that.