Daily Courier Q&A: Laurel Highlands' Will Benesh
Laurel Highlands senior Will Benesh has been a fixture for the Mustangs on the offensive and defensive lines. He is in his second season as a starter for the Mustangs. Benesh is originally from Sacramento, Calif.
Q: Although the team has struggled, you have had a solid season on both sides of the line. What has been the key to your personal success?
A: I'm just working hard and I never miss practice. We have a great workout system, and coach (Zack) Just works hard to get the best out of us.
Q: Which do you prefer playing, right guard (offense) or tackle (defense)?
A: Offense, because I feel like I can control the game, and I can help make some holes for us.
Q: You grew up playing football in California and now are playing in Pennsylvania. What's the difference between the two places?
A: It's a lot hotter in California.
Q: How has your personal transition been from California to Pennsylvania?
A: It's been smooth, but I'm not used to the snow days.
Q: What can the Mustangs do to get some positive results in the second half of the season?
A: We have to have less injuries. We have to play smart and play aggressive. I feel like we are a good team, but we get down on ourselves when we start looking at the scoreboard.
Q: Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?
A: I just listen to music and focus as much as possible.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
A: I listen to rap and rock, things that get you pumped up.
Q: Do you play any other sports?
A: Track and field. I throw the shot put and discus. I used to play rugby in California. I miss it. It's a fun sport.
Q: If you could meet anybody, who would it be?
A: Joe Montana. I grew up in a family that really likes the 49ers.
Q: What are your future plans?
A: I want to play college football and get a degree in history. I wouldn't mind being a teacher.
Q: Why do you like history?
A: It's very intriguing. I like learning about our past.