When he's healthy, Cole Swayze is one of the more dangerous quarterbacks in the state. But Swayze has missed time in two of his three high school seasons, tearing his ACL last year and breaking a leg as a freshman. Swayze enters his senior year wanting to prove he can remain healthy and earn a place on a college team.
How have you changed in your approach to the game as you've gotten older?
Being a senior, I'm a lot smarter and know what's going on more. When I was younger, I was just trying to figure it out but now that I understand how everything works, I can start making more and more plays off of it.
How's the knee feeling after tearing your ACL last year?
It's feeling really good. I worked really hard in the spring and over the summer and it's finally starting to get back to where it was. It's holding up pretty well. I'm not wearing a brace or anything. I thought I would think about it a little bit when I was out on the field, but I really don't. Sometimes it gets a bit sore, but when I'm out on the field, I'm not worried about that.
What was the toughest part of the recovery?
Just the fact that I had to sit out and miss another part of the season. That was really tough. I knew the work was going to be hard but I think the mental aspect of not playing was probably the toughest part.
What do you do outside of football?
I play Call of Duty quite a bit. A few of my teammates play, and I usually don't get on there unless they're on.
Who's the best Call of Duty player on the team?
Probably one of our linemen, Dalton Wilson. Another lineman, Gilberto Luna, is pretty good too. I'd like to say I'm the best but it's probably one of those guys.
What's your favorite class?
Probably my Chemistry II class. It's just interesting going into the labs. There's a lot of stuff that I've always wondered how it works, and we get to see it in there.