Even-Keeled Danny Weidmayer Veteran on Defensive Line

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 10/12/2017 - 11:14
Danny Weidmayer is greeted by students from Pleasant Ridge Elementary as he's announced as a starter before last week's game.

When the season started, the one place everyone questioned the Hornets was the defensive line - where Danny Weidmayer was the only returner with significant playing time. Through seven games, Weidmayer and the D-Line after answered those questions -- and the D-Line must now be considered a strength of this club.

Meet Danny Weidmayer

The DLine was considered a question mark for this team early this year. Now it must be considered a strength. How did the guys on the line respond to those early questions? We took it upon ourselves to prove to everyone that we were not going to be a weakness. We did that by pushing ourselves harder than before in the weight room and during sprints. 

You and Cole and Ethan and others won the baseball state title last spring. What kind of experience do you think that brings to your team? Winning states for baseball helped us realize how hard we have to work to win.

Where to win it all we have to push everyone to work their hardest.

Describe your favorite moment as a Hornet football player: I  think my favorite moment was the Bedford game this year. We really came together as a team and played outstanding defense.

What does it mean to you to win the SEC in your senior year: It meant a lot to all of us. You only get so many games and for the seniors it felt good to clinch the SEC our final year.

How important is winning the Ypsilanti game? Every game is just as important as the next. But what is more important is how we practice and preform in practice these next two weeks because that will determine how far we will go.

What do you like most about Friday nights at Hornet Stadium? There’s so much to like about Friday nights it’s hard to choose just one. The generosity, passion, love, and commitment we get from our band, parents, and students is unparalleled. We are very thankful for all of the support.

The team is obviously rolling right now. What’s the atmosphere like around the locker room? It’s a combination of confidence and humility. We are confident because we know we are a good team and could be something special. But at the same time we have to stay humble because we know there is a lot of work we still have to do to accomplish what we want.

Describe your gameday mentality in one word:  Loose: I have realized that high school goes by so fast so there’s no need to take it so seriously. 

Song that gets you pumped up to play:  Really Really by Kevin Gates. It was my basebal walkup song and it brings up some really good memories.

Do you have any gameday superstitions/routines? I would say my only one would be bringing the d-line dog around for everyone to touch before the game. 

Who is the funniest player on the team?  I would have to say Ethan Collick. He’s always a fun guy to hang around with but then he will crack a joke that you will always remember.

Who’s an unsung hero on this team?  I would say Connor Payne. He always works so hard and gives the offensive such a good scout look. Then preforms very well during the game

Other sports and extracurricular activities:  SADD, Connecting club, Cstar, baseball, and rec basketball.

Favorite subject in school: History 

Favorite ice cream: Ben and Jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough 

What are your plans for next year? I am going try and play baseball somewhere in college but I’m unsure or where right now.

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