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Q&A: Jake Queen, Harrah senior cornerback/wide receiver

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, Modified: August 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm •  Published: August 27, 2011

Harrah won its first seven games last season before falling to eventual Class 4A state champion Douglass. The Panthers finished 8-3 last season. One player they're expecting big things out of this year is Jake Queen, who had 34 tackles and two interceptions a year ago.

What are expectations like in Harrah after last year's 8-3 record?

We have really high hopes. We've got a bunch of guys returning and a bunch of athletic guys out. Our numbers are a bit low, but the players that are out there are really working hard. We graduated 20 seniors, but I figured we'd have more come out for football since we had an 8-3 record and made the playoffs.

Is there more pressure after last season's success?

It definitely puts pressure on us to live up to what last year's team did. We don't mind that, though. We've got a great chance to equal that record if not be better than last year's team.

What did you work on during the offseason?

The main things were being consistent and improving my footwork. I just keep trying to get better every day.”

What do you outside of football?

I lift weights, hunt deer and ducks and hang out with friends.

What's the biggest deer you've got?

An eight-point last winter. I go hunting over by my house close to Harrah. That's the good part about being at a small-town school. It's relaxing. I can just get out there and get away from everything and be by yourself in the woods.