D.I.T.R: Jake Haynes

Jake Haynes is a 6’1″ 200 lb Middle Linebacker for Hartselle Tigers in Hartselle, AL. Jake is a very physical Linebacker who has disciplined eyes and is a great tackler between the tackles. As a junior last year, Jake led the team with 120 total tackles. He also had 6 tackles for loss ad 4 sacks. Jake is looking to build on a solid junior year with a great senior season. Check out our Q&A below.

Can you tell us your name and position on the football team?

Jake Haynes, Middle Linebacker

What made you decide to play football in high school?

I grew up playing football and thought this would be a good thing to do to make friends and have brothers.

What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced on the field?

Towards the end of the season we had some internal issues on the team that we had to resolve quickly if we wanted to be successful and we did just that.

How do you motivate yourself when things get tough during a game?

I know that I am out there with my boys and having a good time at the end of the day, so not giving my all would be a disservice to them.

What do you think sets you apart from other players on your team? 

I think my leadership and the way I carry myself sets me apart from the other players on the team.

Can you talk about a moment in your football career that you’re particularly proud of?

We blew out our rivals, Cullman. I had a very good game that day and winning like that versus a rival school was a very proud moment.

How do you handle the pressure of being an important player on the team?

Before every game I like to isolate myself in prayer and thank God for giving me the opportunity to be here.

How do you balance football and your academic studies?

I think I have a pretty good balance because football never really gets in the way of my studies and vice versa.

What have you learned about teamwork through playing football?

I’ve learned that you cannot accomplish anything on the field by yourself.The whole team has to be working towards the same goal in order for your team to be successful.

Can you describe your pre-game ritual or superstitions?

I like to walk the field before the game in order to clear my mind.

Who is your biggest inspiration or role model in the sport of football?

I like to watch Will Anderson for Alabama’s Football Team. He goes about his business but is not too flashy on the field.

How do you stay physically and mentally prepared for each game? 

As a team we practice and workout weekly, but I also do speed and agility training myself to help improve my personal game.

What are your goals for the future, both on and off the field?

I want to play football in college. Some day football will end so I will eventually have to get a job after leaving college.

What advice would you give to young aspiring football players?

I would say that you should stay humble and keep God first even if you aren’t an athlete. Do not get a big head and don’t get too ahead of yourself.

What do you hope to achieve with your football career in the future?

I hope to be successful wherever I go. No matter what stops i may make I just want to be successful.