Athlete of the week: Nathan Gee

  1. For you, what was a highlight of your most recent competition? – 
  • Running out of the garage before every game. It gets all the emotions going.
  1. What makes your sport special and different? 
  • It’s a really physical and violent sport. But you also need to be talented and smart.
  1. How long have you been into this sport, and what were the early days of your participation? 
  • I started playing in 4th grade until 7 grade, then I took a break until 10th grade.
  1. How did/do you cope with any setbacks/losses you’ve experienced in your sport? 
  • I reevaluate the film of the game and make adjustments to see what I can do to be better and help my team. As a competitor I don’t often take losses that well.
  1. Who has been particularly influential in helping your growth in this sport? Why? 
  • My older brother and my friends. My brother was able to play Division 2 college football so I always looked up to him in that way. And seeing my friends succeed really pushes me to want to be better.
  1. What do you do to prepare yourself before a game? 
  • Before home games I go to Ryan Ostrich’s house and we just hang out and relax. We try to lower the stress level of the games by just hanging out.
  1. How do you work on improving your skills in this sport? 
  • I do footwork drills, weight lifting  and I do lots of cardio.
  1. What’s a personal skill that you are targeting lately?
  • My cardio because against Linn Mar I was really tired.
  1. Do you have plans to play this sport after high school, what are those plans? 
  • As of now not really sure, I’m waiting to see how the recruiting process turns out.
  1. What’s the most rewarding thing about your sport? 
  • Being able to win in front of our home crowd.
  1. What has been a highlight for you/your team so far this season?
  • My highlight of the seasons was probably my punt return vs Dubuque Senior. I made a pretty nice spin move and ran for 40 more yards. And on the next play Ryan Ostrich scored a touchdown to put the game away. That was my favorite because I was able to help put my team in a position to win the game.
  1. As you see it, what are the biggest tests remaining for you/your team yet this season?
  •  Our biggest challenge is staying locked in. But playing teams like Ankeny and Southeast Polk is where we eventually want to be.

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