Daily News Q&A: McKeesport's David Queen
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After undefeated McKeesport beat Altoona for its fifth victory of the season, coach George Smith said that quarterback David Queen has been a catalyst for the Tigers' splendid play.
Queen, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior, has directed McKeesport's complex offensive schemes with confidence and clarity. In a word, Smith said, Queen has been “perfect.”
Queen, however, would be the first to tell you otherwise.
“We're making great progress,” he said. “It is coach's first year back and we're getting used to him now. We're getting better every week. We're really focused and prepared. We're practicing hard every day, focusing on what we're doing this week, and this week only. Not down the road.”
As McKeesport (5-0, 4-0 Quad East) prepares for a trip to Latrobe (1-4, 0-4), Queen is hoping to continue inching closer to that “perfect” status.
Q: How much different has it been for you and for the team with the current coaching staff bringing back the option offense?
A: It's a lot more disciplined. It's really different. There are different schemes, different plays. As the quarterback, you really need to know what everyone is doing so if something breaks down, you have a second opportunity or a chance to get back into the play.
Q: What surprises you most about the season so far?
A: Day-in and day-out, we are staying at practice until we get everything right. If we're not getting it in practice, we're not going to get it in the game.
Q: Who's been the biggest influence in your life?
A: My father and mother. My father is a great father. He's been here all my life and he's been to every football, basketball and baseball game ever since I started playing. He's a pastor of a church (Christ Soul Saving Station in Duquesne). To see him motivating me wants me to go even harder, to play harder and to want to do better for myself. My mom also played a big role. Without her, I don't know what I'd be doing. She's a basketball coach at McKeesport (girls Grade 7-8 and junior varsity).
Q: What is your favorite college football team?
A: The Stanford Cardinal. I visited there, and I really liked the campus and the coaches.
Q: What are your plans after high school?
A: I plan to attend college and play football. I want to study biochemistry and graduate with a doctorate degree to become an obstetrician gynecologist. I just want to be able to help bring babies into the world and make sure they're healthy and that there are no diseases or defects.
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