• John Macon Gillespie

Willie Gay Eyes Repeat

The 2015 football season could not have gone much better for the Starkville Yellowjackets. After losing the season opener to the eventual 4A State Champions, the Jackets stormed through the remainder of their season in flawless fashion.

Though Starkville possessed some of the state’s top senior stars such as A.J. Brown and Kobe Jones, one of their juniors played a very big part in their success.

Junior linebacker Willie Gay Jr. totaled 84 tackles, six sacks and four interceptions this past season on the way to winning the 6A State Championship.

“It felt really good to be able to pull something like that off,” Gay told SES Mississippi. “After being a team that was counted out and then to come back and win it all was great.”

Gay says he know he was able to help the team along this season but plans to improve his game this off-season.

“I feel like I made a huge impact on the team this year and this off-season, I’m working hard non-stop.”

The freakish athletic abilities of Gay make him a nightmare for offenses but the tackling machine is not satisfied with where his game is at this point.

“I just want to get better and better every chance I can,” Gay expressed. “I want to make the repeat.”

For a player with a motor like Gay’s, there is always something behind the scenes driving the passion. For him, he sees the game as a ticket out.

“I want to play in the NFL someday and I know that this game is my way out,” Gay said.

Gay plans to put his skills on display over the next few months at the Fortius Project at Petal High School on March 5, and then also this summer at Nike’s The Opening.

**Photo by Thomas Brown.

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