EDH Athlete of the Week: Sawyer MerrillBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Sawyer Merrill couldn’t have had a better start to his football season.
The Oak Ridge senior wide receiver and cornerback made a big impact on both sides of the ball in the team’s 56-20 victory over Lincoln last Friday night.
Offensively, Merrill caught nine passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Merrill led the team with six solo tackles, and on special teams, he returned a punt for a score. It was a complete game in all three phases for one of the senior leaders on the team.
“Sawyer had a heck of a game,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said.
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after graduation?
Sawyer Merrill: After graduation, I hope to continue my academics and play football in college.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
SM: Yes, I currently have two cousins playing Division I football at Utah State and UC Davis. Both my parents were athletes, and my step dad played cornerback at BYU. Both my grandpas were state champions for wrestling.
FT: How long have you been playing football and how did you get your start in it?
SM: I have been playing football since sixth grade and started playing because I used to play football during lunch in elementary school, which led to my decision to try out.
FT: What do you like about football?
SM: What I like most about football is the aspect of being a part of something and the bond that I have with my teammates:
FT: You are a starter at wide receiver and cornerback. Do you enjoy playing offense or defense and why?
SM: In the past, I’ve been mostly a defensive player. This year I’ve been playing much more offense and have found it equally enjoyable.
FT: You had a great start to your season? What are your thoughts on your performance in the win over Lincoln?
SM: The start to our season is exactly how we pictured it as a team. My coaches and teammates set me up in a perfect position to be able to perform how I did.
FT: It was also a great performance for the team. With so many new players and first-year starters, were you expecting such a dominating performance?
SM: With so many young players and first-year starters (especially on defense) I knew it was imperative that we had a good game plan. I feel that my coaches put together a game plan that allowed these players to play how they did. With that said, yes, I was expecting a dominating performance.
FT: Have you ever been involved in any other sports?
SM: Yes, in high school I have also played volleyball and ran track. I’ve also played basketball, lacrosse, and soccer.
FT: What is your favorite class in school?
SM: My favorite class in school is instruments class.
FT: Favorite Food?
SM: Definitely In N Out.
FT: Favorite music?
SM: I like many genres of music, but I especially like older songs.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
SM: I have a black lab named Milo, and he’s the nicest dog ever.
FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
SM: I love to hang out with my friends in my free time. I also enjoy playing pick up basketball.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
SM: My inspiration in sports is my motivation to play for myself and my teammates.
FT: Is there a particular job or profession you’d like to have after college?
SM: There is no particular job I’d like to have after college, but I’d like to go into business or possibly design.