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Greensburg Tribune-Review Q&A: Mt. Pleasant's Ryan Gumbita

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 11:06 p.m.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Mt. Pleasant's quarterback Ryan Gumbita passes against Greensburg Salem during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.

The son of Mt. Pleasant's defensive coordinator and the little brother of a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman, football always has been a part of Ryan Gumbita's life.

But even though his dad, Bob, calls the Vikings' defensive plays, Ryan Gumbita always has been attracted to the offensive side of the ball, specifically the responsibilities lumped on a quarterback. And he wasn't blessed with his older brother Robert's size, which he parlayed into a college football career at William & Mary.

Gumbita has completed 12 of 29 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns while leading No. 3 Mt. Pleasant to a 3-0 record in the WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference.

Listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Gumbita can move well for a pro-style quarterback as evidenced by his 13 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown. He also rotates at safety and has made five tackles, one for a loss.

Q: How do you explain the 3-0 start?

A: We've been getting great work out of our defense, and our line has been very good so far this season.

Q: How have you evolved as a quarterback?

A: Last year, I had a pulled hamstring, so I wasn't running much. But this year, I'm fully healed, and I'm running more.

Q: What do you enjoy about playing quarterback?

A: I like to have control of the huddle and be a leader.

Q: Have you always been fast for your size?

A: Yeah, pretty much. A lot of people underestimate my speed.

Q: You guys have a strong running game. How much of a luxury is this?

A: It's great handing the ball to Tyler Mellors, Ryan Ballew and Brett Fess because that takes a lot of weight off my shoulders in the passing game. The defense has to worry about who's getting the ball on what play.

Q: What's it like having your dad as Mt. Pleasant's defensive coordinator?

A: I'm more of an offense kind of guy, but being around my dad gave me a little edge when I was younger. I'm pretty good at breaking down a defense and making pre-snap reads.

Q: What college interest are you getting for football?

A: Division I-AA schools have shown interest. Like New Hampshire, William & Mary and Towson. West Virginia's offensive coordinator came to school last spring. Pretty much anywhere from West Virginia, through the Division I-AAs, to D-II, like Cal U, IUP and those schools.

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