Tyler Rapp was primarily a defensive player for Choctaw last season, with 39 tackles and a pair of interceptions for the Yellowjackets. This year, he moves into the starting quarterback role, hoping to push Choctaw into the postseason.
What's it like preparing to start at quarterback for the Yellowjackets?
It's been a pretty big mental task, but it's not too bad. I got a taste of it in Week 10 last year. I like being a leader and being the guy everybody looks up to on the team, and the guy that everyone looks up to when we win and looks down upon when we lose.
How did you prepare in the offseason for that assignment?
The biggest thing was just to work on the timing with my receivers and getting to know the lineman better and getting to know the offense as much as I could. I'll be playing both ways and didn't play offense last year, so I had to learn quite a bit.
How good can Choctaw be this season?
I think we've got one of the best teams Choctaw's ever had. If we eliminate turnovers, we should be able to hang with anybody on our schedule. The defense is going to keep us in games.
You play baseball as well. Which sport is your favorite?
It's hard to say. When it's baseball season, I like baseball more. But since it's football season now, football's my favorite.
What are your plans for college?
I wouldn't mind playing baseball in college, but I definitely want to major in architectural engineering. I've always been a big arts guy, and I'm really big on perfection. It's fascinating to me how buildings stay up and work. I love math, so I really think that'd be perfect for me.