Encore Begins At Fortius Project For Wilfawn
If you haven't heard anything about Oxford 2018 linebacker Quentin Wilfawn before the 2016 season, chances are that you know him by now, especially if you follow SES Mississippi coverage on a frequent basis.
After a season ending neck injury sidelined Wilfawn for the majority of the 2015 campaign, he came back bigger, faster, and stronger in 2016. Wilfawn, statistically speaking, had the best season ever put together by any linebacker at Oxford High School. His 171 tackles broke the school record for tackles in a season, a record that Will Britt owned for 12 years.
“Coming off an injury, I felt like I had something to prove,” Wilfawn told SES Mississippi. “I had my goal which was to make All-State, so I just played all out every game.”
Many people watching Wilfawn play on the field would compare him with national champion Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware. The two were nearly identical physically, both were 6’0, weighed around 225-230, wore the No. 10 jersey, and both were an offense’s worst nightmare.
“I like Ben Boulware from Clemson. I feel like I play the game like he does in a smart and aggressive way,” Wilfawn said.
Wilfawn returned to an already stacked Charger defense. A unit that proved to be elite as the season progressed. In region play, the Chargers gave up only 14 points per game.
“We came into the year knowing we would have to step it up and lead the team,” Wilfawn said. “We went into every game knowing we would make a difference in whether we won or lost and we just kept that in mind every game.”
Wilfawn finished the season with 171 tackles, 13 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, and one pick-six. After a breakout season, Wilfawn earned himself a spot on the Belk Ford All-SES defense list and the overall 5A player of the year.
On January 8th, Wilfawn made an announcement via Twitter that he would attend the Fortius Project that wuill be held at Itawamba Community College on February 25th.
“I’m looking to get a little faster. A lot of coaches look at 40 times, so I’m looking to improve that,” Wilfawn said.
The best may be yet to come for Wilfawn as he enters his senior season. He, along with the rest of the Chargers will open the season on the road at Vicksburg in the 2017 Red Carpet Classic game followed by a stretch of tough non-region opponents.
“The main thing is play together as a team, keep each other accountable, and everybody works hard towards the goal,” Wilfawn said. “If everyone is moving in the same direction, we can get where we want to be.”
**Photo by Bill Barksdale.