A few minutes with ... Jyron Walker

Jyron Walker is a 5-foot-10, 150-pound junior quarterback from The Dunham School.

You completed 10 of 15 passes for 192 yards and ran for 68 yards in last week’s 44-17 jamboree win over Christian Life. Are you happy with that performance?

“Overall, I think I did pretty well. I threw a couple of interceptions because I made the incorrect reads. Making better reads is one of the things I’m working on.”

Are you excited about getting to play quarterback this year?

“Yes, I’ve always played quarterback, starting out when I was 6 years old. I switched over to play cornerback here in the ninth grade. It feels natural to me.”

What do you feel like you need to work on?

“Having the responsibilties of a quarterback is an adjustment. The quarterback is the leader of the offense. You have to get the play and make the right reads to execute it. There’s more pressure, but I think I can handle it.”

You play basketball and football. Which sport is your favorite?

“That’s really hard to say. I really like playing them both. I don’t really have a favorite.”

Your favorite sports memory involves a game you didn’t play in. Can you explain that?

“I broke my ankle in football my freshman year, and I missed the basketball season, too. That year in basketball we played Riverside Academy in the quarterfinals. They were this awesome team and were the defending state champions. Everybody thought they would roll over us, but we only lost by like six points. That was exciting to watch.”

What are your hobbies?

“I like to hang out with friends and play games on Play Station. My favorites are Fifa 13 and NCAA Football.”

You have a 3.98 grade-point average. How do you balance academics and athletics?

“Sports help keep me focused. I know I have to get my school work done before we practice. And I think my work in the classroom makes me a better athlete, because I apply some of the same learning techniques when I study film or learn new plays.”

Do you want to be an engineer?

“No, I think I want to major in pre-med. I have an older brother who went to Catholic High and that’s what he’s doing at Baylor.”

What classes are you taking?

“I love math and I guess that comes naturally because both my parents are engineers. I’m taking pre-calculus, English III, Spanish III and art and religion right now.”

Dunham coach Guy Mistretta says:

“Jyron started the last two years at cornerback and played some receiver, but he grew up as a quarterback. He has all the intangibles. He’s a great student and a student of the game. And he got the leadership qualities you look for in a quarterback.”

Robin Fambrough