Senior plays different roles on team
By Alex Miller
Every team has their superstars, but for Senior Jake Georgiades, being a team player is more important to him than being the star.
“I’m going to play hard and do whatever I can do to help the team win, whether that means I’m blocking or scoring touchdowns.” Georgiades said.
His coaches have seen this aspect of his game, and appreciate the commitment he put into the team before himself.
“He works really hard, and he is a technician,” receivers coach, Daniel Trampota said. “He focuses on the small things and does the little things right, which makes him a great receiver.”
Listed at 6’3” and 190 pounds, Georgiades is not the easiest man to cover, and makes great plays on the ball.
“He’s very consistent, and knows how to use his body,” head coach, Steve Huff said. “Jake can put his body in positions to make catches. He runs great routes and uses the best of his speed.”
The pathway to where he is now has taken many turns however, after transferring from Allen Academy following his sophomore year, Georgiades had to learn a new style of football going from 6-Man to 11.
“The level of competition was a lot better, I had to adjust,” Georgiades said. “The work ethic is much different. I had to work harder, and it made me realize that nothing is given and that if I really wanted something, I had to work to get it.”
That was just the first obstacle Georgiades faced though. After he did not play much his junior season at quarterback, he looked for a new position to play where he could excel at.
“I wasn’t getting much playing time at quarterback, so I wanted to find a place where I could be on the field and help the team in any way I could,” Georgiades said.
He moved to outside receiver late into his junior season. Since then, he has taken on the new position and is now a starting receiver for the team.
“Last year he came in and played some quarterback and then some backup quarterback. He asked if he could go play receiver, so he went and played receiver, then this season we moved him around and he played another receiver spot,” Huff said. “It’s not about Jake. It’s always about what he can do to help out the team.”
Georgiades has helped the team tremendously this season at receiver too. With 21 receptions for 290 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season, Georgiades is averaging 13.8 yards per catch
“Whenever we need help at a certain spot, he is always there to help,” receivers coach Eddie Hancock said.
Another difference with Georgiades is the way he takes on the season. He focuses only at the task at hand before moving on to what lies ahead.
“Our goal for the rest of the season is the same,” Georgiades said. “Take each game at a time, and try and make a statement each week.”