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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Barron quarterback Neil Rasmussen

By: Jenn Chapman Email
By: Jenn Chapman Email

"I think he's like the main, like the anchor for us," says Golden Bears receiver Carsen Davis. "He's just so strong. He knows what everyone is doing at all times and he's just kind of like a veteran and leads the team."

Senior quarterback Neil Rasmussen is the driver for the Barron offense.

"We can trust him with whatever we do," says receiver Justin Doriott, "and we'll run the right route and hopefully he just gives us the ball."

"He's there to encourage us," adds receiver Jason Balts. "I mean everyone of us has dropped a ball this year but he still has the trust to come back to you and I mean he'll give you a play if you make it."

In five games Rasmussen has thrown for 15 touchdowns and is averaging close to 300 yards a game, something he credits to his teammates.

You know the O-line up front, we're doing a good job of getting some time," says Rasmussen thankfully. "You know everybody (did) the off season workouts, just everything all year round. The games not just won on Fridays. It's won during the week. "

On any given Friday, the Golden Bears dress out about twenty players but they have four capable wide receivers, so if one is double teamed they still have three options ready to go.

"Most high school quarterbacks have one or two options at most and I got three or four guys that can go up and get the ball," says Rasmussen. "You know we have different match ups, we have big guys, small guys, quick guys, we got it all, so its definitely not easy for the other team."

"We have a bunch of players that know how to stretch the field that can have the ability to make the big play," adds receiver Isaiah Frandsen.

"People keep running their routes and don't just give up because you're not primary receiver, doesn't mean that you should stop your routes," says head coach Bruce Rasmussen. "And we've had a fair amount of already this year hitting our second, third options on different things."


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