Daily Courier Q&A: Mt. Pleasant's Chris Wagner
The Mt. Pleasant football team has been able to run the ball consistently and effectively for a number of seasons, using multiple talented running backs. This year, the Vikings appear to have another stable of backs capable of putting up plenty of yards and points.
One of the leaders out of the backfield through the first two games of the season has been junior Chris Wagner. Wagner has established himself as a workhorse in the early going. He rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries in a 30-23 overtime victory over McGuffey to open the season, then followed up with a 13-carry, 110-yard effort in a 42-7 win over Derry in Week 2. He also scored on a 25-yard run in the victory over the Trojans.
Wagner played some as a sophomore but has seen his role increase this year. His contributions have not been limited to the backfield. Wagner is also an outside linebacker and is part of a group that has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. Wagner and the Vikings will try to stay on top of the Interstate Conference standings when they travel to Burgettstown on Friday.
Q: How does it feel to have such a positive impact on the team's success so far this season?
A: It feels great to be able to contribute to my team. I'm one of three backs, so I just try to do my job.
Q: Is there pressure on you to try to make up for the loss of graduate Trevor Salopek, who led the team in rushing last season?
A: Those are some big shoes to fill, but I wouldn't say I feel pressure. I just do the best that I can.
Q: Mt. Pleasant's ground game has been good for so long, is that something you and your teammates think about and take a lot of pride in?
A: Yes, that's a big thing for us.
Q: Have you set any individual goals for the season?
A: I just want to do my job and try to help the team win as much as possible.
Q: What are some things you like to do in order to get ready for a game?
A: I listen to music and relax and just mentally prepare myself.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
Q: What do you like to do when you're not playing football?
A: I just like to hang out with my girlfriend and hang out with my friends. We go to Dino's Sports Lounge after practice each Tuesday.
Q: Do you play any other sports?
Q: Are you involved in any clubs at school?
A: I'm in the chess club.
Q: If you could meet anybody, who would it be?
A: (Minnesota Vikings running back) Adrian Peterson.
Q: What would you talk about?
A: I would just ask him how he became so great and how he remains one of the best in the game.
Q: What are your future plans?
A: I'm not sure yet, but I definitely want to go to a four-year college. I'd like to play football or baseball.
Q: What do you like better, football or baseball?
A: I'd have to say football because it's more physical.
Q: Do you have a favorite food?
A: Pizza or steak.
Q: Do you have a favorite TV show?