Clay Cleveland ’10

Last Saturday, Cleveland scored three touchdowns in Andover’s 37 point attack against Deerfield. The Post-Graduate running back from Boxford is a highly touted college prospect because of his power running style and his soft hands. Q: When did you first start playing football? A: I started way back when I was eight years old. My dad coached me from when I was in the fourth grade to the eighth, which was a great experience. Q: Do you have any superstitious pregame rituals? A: I don’t do anything too crazy, but I always listen to “Baba O’Reilly” by The Who and some Eminem songs to get myself ready to play on game day. Q: What do you feel your role is on the team as a PG? A: I just do whatever the team needs me to do to give us a better chance to win. Q: How is playing for Andover different from playing for your former high school? A: It’s a lot different. Everyone is so much more talented and the speed of the game is a lot faster. The team is also completely different. At Masco, we had 70 kids on varsity, but here we have only 35 so we’re more of a tightly knit unit. Q: How were you able to have such a great game against Deerfield? A: The offensive line was great, along with Zack Boyd ’10. There were good holes all day, and I just tried to keep pounding the ball down on Deerfield. On the receiving end, Andy Vailas ’10 put the ball right where it needed to be, all I had to do was catch it. Q: Do you take pride in being such a versatile threat out of the backfield? A: Definitely. I’ve always loved catching the ball. It’s just great to be able to do whatever is needed in such a great offense. Q: Which NFL player do you feel your play emulates? A: Tight End Jeremy Shockey of the New Orleans Saints. He’s a tough competitor who is versatile. Not only does he have great hands, but he also can stay back and block. Q: What are you looking for in a college program? A: First and foremost, I’m looking for the best education possible. On the football side of things I’m looking for a consistently strong and successful program.