Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Shady Side Academy's Jarred Brevard
By Kevin Gorman
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 10:15 p.m.
Jarred Brevard is the lesser known of the running backs at Shady Side Academy, where he shares the backfield with Pitt recruit Dennis Briggs. But Brevard, a 5-foot-8, 190-pound senior, is leading the Indians (6-0) in rushing with 525 yards and seven touchdowns on only 62 carries this season. A four-year starter, Brevard has a 3.55 grade-point average and is being recruited by Ivy and Patriot league schools.
Q: What has been the secret to your success?
A: The o-line has been great. As long as they're blocking, pretty much anyone could run behind them. It doesn't really bother me that I'm not getting 25-30 carries a game, as long as we're winning.
Q: What is it like to share the backfield with Briggs?
A: It's fun. Me and Dennis are best friends. Teams can't stop both of us, so they don't know which one is going to get the ball. It makes us very dangerous. Dennis is the blocking back mostly. It shows what a great person he is. He cares more about the team than his personal stats.
Q: How do you like going to Shady Side Academy?
A: It's different. The teachers really, really care about you. You're pretty much on a college campus. It's a great experience that really prepares you for college, the academics and the social life you're going to have in college. You have to manage your time. You have a lot of work to do. It prepares you for the workload you're going to have in college.
Q: Who is recruiting you?
A: I have offers from Penn, Cornell, Fordham and Davidson. It feels good to know that you can go to a school that's not only good at football but also academically.
Q: Do you think about what it would be like to play for a Quad-A school?
A: All the time, but I feel Shady Side was a better fit for me. I went to St. Bart's in Penn Hills, and I feel like if I would've went to Penn Hills or Central it would have just been so I could play football there.
Q: What is your goal?
A: To win a WPIAL championship. If we keep getting better every week, I think we definitely have a chance. We have a lot of really good athletes and our line is really good, too. People see that we're prep school kids and think that we're not good at football. Our coach says that people always think we're spiffy, rich kids. But we can actually do both, academics and football. We want to prove to people that we can actually play football, that we're a tough football team.
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