2013 NORTHSTATE HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER: Austin Clark - West Valley High School
KRCR News Channel 7's Evan Schreiber sat down with the 2013 football season's Northstate Heisman Trophy winner and his head coach to discuss the award, his accomplishments, and what the future holds for the West Valley High School senior.
EVAN SCHREIBER: You had 2,420 yards on the season, breaking a CIF Northern Section record that stood for 47 years. What does that mean to you?
AUSTIN CLARK – West Valley Senior Running Back/Safety: You know, it's an honor. Don't get me wrong, it's an honor to get to achieve personal milestones and things like that. But in all honesty, you know, it's really a testament to my team, my coaches, and especially that front five who were just working their butts off all the time. So, a lot of people want to give me credit, you know. But really, if I could, I'd write down those guys who are on the line in the record books because they got it done."
ES: You guys went 12-1 as a team. How much would a CIF State Regional Bowl Game have meant to you?
AC: It's another shot to get on the field. It's one more game to get to play in my senior year. It's a chance for us, like Enterprise High School, to get to represent the Northstate and move on in that. So, it would have been awesome.
ES: Your 37 touchdowns were also a Northern Section record. You see those huge holes opening up, and the vision that you have to find those spots – and ability to break those long runs. Where does that come from? How do you practice something like that?
AC: You know, I've been playing ball for a long time, so you start to sharpen and sharpen. But, like I've said before, I've got great coaches who push me to get better and better and better and better. They never let me get content with where I'm at. I've got great teammates who do the same, that just sharpen me and just sharpen me and keep furthering me to get better.
ES: Statistically, where does [Austin's] performance rank in your mind?
GREG GRANDELL – West Valley Head Football Coach: He's the best player I've ever coached. I've been at this for 30 years. You know, I've had great players and not to take anything away from them. But as a total package-deal - offense, defense, leadership, spiritual leadership on the team, emotional leadership - he's the guy.
ES: How easy did he make it on your coaching staff?
GG: Well, he makes it easy when you make a play call. Sometimes it's not the best call and he still gets something out of it.
ES: How do you replace someone like him?
GG: You don't. You don't replace him. That doesn't do any disservice to the guys that are coming up, but he's one of those guys that you can't replace.
ES: What's the future for you?
AC: Hoping to go on and play division-I college football. It's been a dream since I was a little guy, and as those things start to become a realization for me it's a blessing. So, I'm hoping to move on, play some division-I football, get a great education in, and follow the doors that God opens up for me.