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Sacred Heart Griffin Quarterback Levi Hanauer Class Of 2024 Talks Upcoming Season & Recruiting

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Levi Hanauer Sacred Heart Griffin QB/ATH Class Of 2024 6'1 170

Levi Hanauer, how has your offseason been so far?

My offseason has been going well, I just finished up track season not too long ago and I've recently just been lifting, conditioning, and throwing to get ready for the upcoming season. I have a few camps lined up like the Chicagoland Showcase at Northwestern and the Dean Hood camp at Murray State. My team is also going to a 7on7 at the University of Illinois

How was your junior season?

My junior season was awesome. Winning the state championship meant a lot to me. Junior year was some of the most fun I've ever had playing sports. Although I wasn't starting last year, I still was able to back up Ty Lott and get in the game whenever I could, whether that be on special teams or later on in the game, I learned a lot from Ty and the rest of the seniors last year and I think it helped me recognize what it takes to dominate at the varsity level.

What does football mean to you?

Football has always meant a lot to me ever since I was little. I've been around football my whole life and it was always my favorite sport growing up. My brother played at SHG, and my dad worked on the coaching staff, so I've always been around the football program. I love football because it really takes a whole team effort to win, and you get so close with the people around you on the team as the season goes on. I've never lost that love for football, it's just something I feel like I can never get enough of.

What should college coaches know about you?

College coaches should know that I am willing to do whatever it takes to help their team win. Wherever I am needed or however I can help contribute to the team's wins, I am willing to do so. I've played on scout team for 3 years now and I really enjoyed pushing our defense at practice to be the best they can be. They should also know that I do well academically. I have a 4.0 GPA and I take many honors classes.

What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field?

I think my strongest trait on the football field is my decision making and leadership skills. I do well with reading defenses and making decisions. I study film a lot and I think that really helps me to learn how to read defenses and understand the offense. I am very competitive at practice and try to lead by example to help the people around me improve and succeed.

What part of your game are you working on in the offseason?

One part of my game I've been working on over the offseason is my footwork and speed. Track has helped me get a lot faster and I've been trying to lift and gain muscle to get stronger so I can run faster. I've been working on footwork in my drops and in the run game so I can be more efficient and move comfortably on the field.

What goals do you have for yourself this upcoming season?

My goal this upcoming season is to win state again. Winning state has always been the standard at SHG and we are expecting to get back there again this season and go back-to-back. I hope to really just do everything I can for the team to make that happen.

What game are you most excited for this upcoming season?

I don't really have a game I'm most excited for, there's a lot of good competition in our conference. Our first game against Normal Community should be pretty fun though so I guess that's what I'm looking forward to. I'm just ready to be back out on the field with the guys.

How was your Track season?

Track season went well this year. I ended up with a new PR in the 100 with an 11.66 and came just short of state time in both the 4x100 and 4x200. Track really did help me with my speed, and it was great to get the extra work and compete while doing it.

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