Trib HS Insider Q&A: West Mifflin's Jimmy Wheeler
TribLIVE Sports Videos
West Mifflin coach Ray Braszo's offense works best when he finds a star tailback. He usually does, and this year is no exception.
The aptly named Jimmy Wheeler has become a star for the Titans and is one of the WPIAL's most explosive players, with 1,856 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.
Q: Coach Braszo loves giving the ball to his tailbacks. Pretty good gig for you, right?
A: Yes, sir. I love having the ball in my hands, running the ball. Give me the ball 50 times a game. That's exactly what I like.
Q: Have you always been a running back?
A: Yes, ever since I started playing football when I was 8 years old. It was always the position I wanted to play when I was little and it still is now.
Q: Have you surprised yourself with this kind of a breakout performance?
A: Yeah, I actually have. I knew I wanted to have a big year, but I have surprised myself with what I've been able to do.
Q: You receive a bulk of carries. Do you ever get tired during games?
A: No, I really don't. It helps that I don't play on defense, so you can definitely get a little bit of a rest when you've got that going for you. But also, I've got so much adrenaline pumping through me when I'm playing that I really have never gotten tired during a game.
Q: We all know you're good, but your offensive line is pretty good too, right?
A: Most definitely. They're just big and they're strong. And they get so much better every week. Running behind them is good, very good.
Q: Is there a misperception that you guys don't have a very big playbook?
A: Yeah. We actually have a ton of plays that we work on. We have so many different running plays. But the thing with us is, when Coach Braszo sees a play that's working, he's just going to keep running it over and over again. That's just what we do.
Q: Have you guys recovered yet from the loss against TJ in Week 9?
A: It was a little bit hard to deal with. We really wanted to beat them, so bad. I don't even know what to say about it because it really did hurt. But that's OK. We know we're going to see them again, this time at Heinz Field.
Q: What do you expect from Mars this week in the quarterfinals?
A: We know they're very good. Honestly, all of Triple-A is just so tough. You look all through the teams in the playoffs and you see nothing but good teams.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Roethlisberger staging big comeback
- Steelers notebook: Mitchell to miss beginning of training camp
- Report blames pilot for 2011 Hawaii crash that killed Pittsburgh couple
- Stock market investors going full speed ahead
- Young Hotel residents moved to temporary shelter in Pitcairn
- After year off, Steelers’ Pouncey ‘ready to go’
- Steelers won’t negotiate Roethlisberger extension until after season
- $500,000 OK’d as partial settlement in lawsuit from 2012 Pittsburgh flash flood
- Plug-in Accord makes gas station visits rare
- Megan’s Law offender in Greensburg arrested when girl, 13, found hiding in shower
- Power fight urge to look ahead with playoffs looming