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Conversation With Plainfield Central Linebacker Mason Smith Class Of 2024


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Mason Smith Plainfield Central Linebacker Class Of 2024 6'0 187














Mason Smith how was your junior season?


My junior season went good for both my team and myself. We finished second place in our conference, went 5-4, and earned a playoff spot. We might have lost our playoff game, but because of that loss, it makes me want to push all of our upcoming varsity players as well as myself that much harder to go deep into the playoffs next year. I learned so much from all my coaches and teammates this season and I really appreciate everything they did to help me improve. This season, I came away with 41 tackles, 11 TFL, 21 assists, 9 PBU, 2 FF, and 1 INT according to the school's season stats. I also earned the All-Conference Team Award and the IHSCA All-State Academic Team award for Class 7A. What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field?


I think my strongest trait on the football field is being reliable. I believe this because all my teammates and coaches can count on me to make plays and do my job on the field in any type of situation, no matter the circumstance. When I do make a mistake, they know I'm going to be accountable, learn from that mistake, and make the next play. What do you like about playing on the defense?


The thing I like most about playing on defense is the energy we bring to the table. We can change a game with one big play. This includes making big hits to set the tone or making crucial turnovers to turn the game around.




What should college coaches know about you?


College coaches should know that I love to work hard on the field and in the classroom. I'm putting in the extra work in the gym and after school on the field doing drills. I will do anything to get better and put myself and my team in the right position to compete and win games. I'm coachable and value feedback to build on my strengths and work on areas that need improvement. I'm also maintaining a 4.8 GPA with some AP/Honors courses. What part of your game do you plan on working on in the offseason?


During the offseason, I'm working on becoming more explosive, faster, and stronger. I'm hitting the gym daily focusing on squats and box jumps to name a couple areas. I'm using the field to run drills after school and dedicated to gaining weight by eating healthy and working out. I'm also working on my pass coverage to be at the top of my game for the next season. What was one of your favorite memories this season?


One of my favorite memories this season was when me and most of our team went to Kevin's house to see if we made the playoffs when the brackets were being released. Once we saw Plainfield Central up there, we were all filled with excitement and joy. Who is one player on Plainfield Central that is going to have a breakout season next season?


I believe a wide receiver, Ari Williams, will have a breakout season next year. He is an outstanding athlete, but due to a shoulder injury, he couldn't play this season. I played with him my sophomore season and he was a great athlete and I believe he will definitely be a major factor on our team next season.








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