January 22, 2022
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Diamond in the Rough: Austin Jemison

Austin Jemison, is a senior at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Austin is a running back and is willing to do whatever it takes for his team to get a win. He feels that he is a impact player, and that is does not only help him on the field but off as well. Over the years from playing football he has learned that you always have to get back up, because the process is equally important as the game. With 13 touchdowns from his junior season, Austin is looking forward to continuing to  dominate the field and striving to perfect his craft even more.

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In what moment did you realize that football was the sport for you?

I have always liked playing football but, with other sports the aspect of fun was not really there for me. However with football it was, and that drive kept me wanting to play and I really loved the sport.

What is one moral or value in your life that you bring to football that helps you continue to be a great player?

Hard work and not stopping, because you have to keep going. You might get down in the game but you have to keep going and pushing through.

Who are your biggest motivators?

My mom, she is one of the main reason why I am playing football. She has always been there for me and going to college for free would help the both of us. It has always been a dream of mine to compete on the next level, and to be able to play college football and get my education is an opportunity I can not pass up.

How old were you when you started playing football?

My first season of football was when I was in the 4th grade.


If I were to ask any coach on your team about your work ethics and how you motivate others, what would their response be in your opinion?

They know that I put in the work, and I am a bit more on the quiet side. When it is time to fire my guys up I lead more by example, but when it is necessary I also use my words.

What has playing football taught you about yourself?

I have realized as a leader, I am a good influence on other people and that is something that I did not realize. For example, when I get on my teammates about the workouts they know that I am serious because they have seen what I can do on the field.

What is your greatest strength and why?

My mentality, the way I feel about what I am doing. For example, losing everybody say it is not a option but it does not sit well with me. So I always try and do my very best in everything that I do.

Who do you look up to and why?

From a player standpoint my coaches because they all have known me growing up. As I have gotten older they have grown to know me even more. They are always giving me advice that helps not only on the field, but off the field as well.

Based on how the season has gone so far, How do you expect this season to go for your team and yourself?

For myself I just want to go out there each and every night battling and competing so that we can keep winning games. We may be younger but we definitely know what’s up and we keep getting better each week, and I like what we can do.

Which game this season do you think will be your teams greatest match up that will challenge you all?

Two games come to mind, Country Day who we play this week. Then, towards  the end of the season we play Denham, that is always a good match up because that is our rivalry school.

What makes you rise to the challenge?

I believe that from my personal standpoint I have to do me and I can not rest. When things come to me I have to keep pushing and just get through it.

What is the first word that comes to mind that describes you and why?

Relentless, because I always get after it, I know what my goals are and I do not plan on stopping until I reach them.


Height: 5’10

Weight: 175

Bench: 300

Squat: 510

Power clean: 250

GPA: 3.04