Rising Star: Dewaun McPipe

Dewaun McPipe is a young and promising talent from Louisiana. He currently attends Geo Prep in Baton Rouge. Dewaun does not have any current measurements, but he is a very big and physical Offensive Lineman with great hands and control. Check out our Q&A below to get to know Dewaun!

  1. What inspired you to start playing football?

I love the sport in general. I liked to play physically and tackle a lot as a young kid and this inspired me to love the game.

2. How long have you been playing football?

I’ve been playing football since I was 3. I started playing football because as a young kid I was in and out of the hospital with asthma. My mother ended up putting me in a bunch of different sports and I ended up falling in love with football. By doing this as a young kid, my asthma got much better. 

3. What position do you play on the team?

I play Center, Guard, and Defensive Tackle. I love all of these positions but I think that my strongest positions are Guard and Defensive Tackle.

4. Who is your role model in football and why?

Growing up I did not have a role model, particularly in football. As I’ve grown up, Quenton Nelson and Trent Williams are some people that I like to take notes from on the offensive side of the ball. Cameron Jordan, Lawrence Taylor, and Aaron Donald are all people I love to watch when working on my defensive craft. They inspire me to be better everyday when watching them. 

5. How do you prepare for a game mentally and physically?

I do not have a specific routine for playing games. I like to listen to some rap music that puts me in the right head space before a game.

6. What is the most challenging aspect of playing football?

The most challenging part about playing football is memorizing the plays. Even though you are an Offensive Lineman, you must know if it is a passing play or running play.

7. What is the most rewarding aspect of playing football?

The most rewarding part, to me, is the love of the game. When you love the game and are blessed enough to play it, every down is a reward to me.

8. Can you tell me about a particularly memorable game or moment in your football career?

I do not have a particular memorable moment even though I believe I go my hardest for every game that I play in. 

9. How do you balance schoolwork and football practice?

The student part comes before the athlete part. There have been plenty of times where I had to miss practice in order to make sure my assignments are up to date. If I have any free time during school then I will try my hardest to get my work done then.

10. What advice would you give to a beginner just starting to play football?

I would tell a beginner that if you have a lot of energy and are hyperactive, you would love football. Coaches love energy and will work with someone who is willing to try their hardest. Lastly, you must have some love for the game before you try to play it. Your love for the game has to keep pushing you when things get hard.

11. What are your goals for this season?

My goals are to get stronger, better at my craft, and create my opportunity to play.

12. How does your team work together to achieve success?

We like to work as a unit. Making sure that everybody is on the same page, and knowing our strengths and weaknesses is very important to our success.

13. How do you handle the pressure of playing in a big game?

I would say that I perform pretty well in big games. During big games I like to have laser focus. Even though this is another game, it is also the biggest game so you have to play like it. 

14. What are your future plans for football (high school, college, etc)?

My future plans for football are to be able to earn a scholarship by playing football at a high level. I want to play well enough in college to make it to the NFL but I also want to finish my college education with a degree so that I have something to fall back on in the worst case scenario. 

15. What is the most important lesson you have learned from playing football?

The most important lesson I’ve learned from playing football is discipline and determination. Determination is important because if you do not have this then you will want to give up. Discipline is important because the coaches are gonna give you the blueprint to success and they want you to win. They are gonna push you to the limit but it is for a greater purpose.