Q&A: Brandon Conrad, Tahlequah running back/cornerback
Brandon Conrad is about to enter the most important period of his athletic career. The senior running back/cornerback has the athletic ability to get looks at the next level, and his ability in the high jump in track will certainly catch someone’s eye.
“Colleges are intrigued by his ability,” Tahlequah head coach Brad Gilbert said of Conrad. “And I’m sure he would have opportunities in track, too.”
For now, Conrad will focus on racking up rushing yards and breaking up passes for Tahlequah during the 2013 football season.
Is there something about Brandon Conrad that we might not know about?
Everybody that pretty much knows me knows me that I pretty much stay at my house and play video games.
What’s your favorite game?
Right now, it’s NBA 2K15.
Do you have a dynasty going? And if so, with what team?
Yeah, with the Thunder, definitely. I’ve won two titles so far.
You’re replacing Mason McMillan — the school’s single season rushing leader. Is there any pressure on you and Colton Wright to fill the void left by McMillan?
Nah, I’m just going to take it one snap at a time. When I get my opportunity, I’m going to go out there and try to do my best. I’m really not going to think about his records.
You feel comfortable at running back after receiving playing time there last season?
Yeah, I’m in a good comfort zone with it. I know, kind of, what to expect.
Wide receiver appears to be a thin right now. Are you open to playing there, if needed?
I’ve told the coaches I’ll play receiver, or any position they need me to play. It’s just whatever I can do for them.
You’re a two-sport athlete who is in football and track. Which one do you prefer over the other?
I’m trying to decide. I want to go to college, but I don’t know what I want to go to college in yet. If I excel in football, I’ll probably go in football. If I excel in track, I’ll probably go in track. I just haven’t chose yet.
At the state track meet, you narrowly missed getting first place in the high jump. What was that like?
My second to last jump, I was close to getting over the bar. My last one was close, too, but not was close as the second to last jump. I was a little disappointed because I knew I had lost.
You competed on your home track during the regional, which featured awful weather (temperatures in the low 40s and high winds with sleet). What was that like?
It was terrible. Mostly, I was just focused on qualifying for the state meet and getting back inside. It was cold.
As a multi-sport athlete, have you ever considered playing basketball or joining the wrestling team?
I think the coaches are going to try talk me into playing basketball, but I don’t think I’ll play.