Joseph “JD” Gallman is a 5’10” 155lb Quarterback for C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport,LA. JD is a class of 2024 athlete and is expected to be stepping in at Quarterback for the Jackets this season. He saw action in two games this past season where he threw for 113 yards on just 14 attempts. JD uses his footwork and athleticism to excel in the triple option offensive scheme that C.E. Byrd uses. This offensive scheme also allows JD to show off his arm strength and accuracy to create big plays for his offense. JD’s prior experience on the field puts him in a great spot to succeed his senior season.
I was fortunate enough to get the chance to speak with JD Gallman to gain a better understanding of his habits and style on and off the field.
When did you start playing football and why did you start playing?
“I started playing in second grade because I would watch games on tv and it looked like something I would enjoy. I kinda just fell in love with it from there.”
What aspect of the game made you fall in love with the sport?
“It started when I was playing with my friends and it was just fun, but then I started to get more serious with it. Once I started to see my friends and I be successful through it that’s when I really fell in love.”
Do you play any other sports?
“I’m on the fishing team and I picked up track just yesterday. In track im gonna compete in pole vaulting, long jump, and 4×4.”
Who do you look up to as a role model?
“I look up to my Dad and all my uncles. They showed me what it means to be a good man and how to uphold my last name.”
Is there a player that you try to model your game after?
“After seeing Joe Burrow’s story coming from being a transfer that was under the radar to what he is now I try to model my game after him. He went through a lot just to show everyone the underdog that he is and it really opened my eyes.”
What have you learned about yourself from playing football?
“I learned that everything is 90% mental. You can work through pain and I think that has made me more tough and has made me a better person as well.”
What sets you apart from the other quarterbacks?
“I think my well roundedness sets me apart. I can run the ball and throw the ball, whatever the team needs me to do to win.”
What motivates you to get better every day?
“What motivates me is the idea of never knowing when your time is up. I don’t want to have any regrets so I try to leave everything I have on the field every day.”
What kind of goals do you have set for yourself this upcoming season?
“I really just want me and my team to succeed this year. I also want to be the all-time leader in Byrd’s passing stats.”
What is a characteristic about yourself you want to improve on and how are you doing so?
“I really have been working to improve my speed. I’ve been training that so I can have that no doubt kind of speed.”
What have you learned about teamwork from your past experiences on your teams?
“I’ve learned what trust means for a team. You need to trust your teammates and they need to trust you.”
What do you see yourself accomplishing after high school?
“I want to go coach and be a human anatomy teacher. I want to help other players reach their goals like my coaches did for me.”
What is your favorite aspect of the triple option offense?
“I like how our offense can confuse defenses. It gives us an element of surprise.”
What do you think is the most important element of teamwork?
“The most important element goes back to trust and knowing your teammates. You can’t take random people and run the triple option or score a passing touchdown if they don’t know how each others qualities. You have to have connections and build around each other and learn from each other.”
How do you personally prepare yourself for a big game?
“I just think about all the hard work I’ve put in. I can’t go out there and do things halfway when I think about my time and effort I put into football.”