• John Macon Gillespie

Rudy Faulkner Capable of Greatness

The West Harrison Hurricanes did not fair well in 2016, but the lackluster season is motivating Rudy Faulkner to improve as a player.

West Harrison finished with a 1-10 record last season and missed out on the postseason. Faulkner wants to see improvement from himself and his team in 2017, and has enrolled in the Fortius Project as a result.

“I want to be recognized as a great player and show everybody that I'm capable of that,” Faulkner told SES Mississippi. “[The Fortius Project] will be a chance to compete with a lot of great athletes and see where you are with them.”

According to Faulkner, part of his team's struggles stemmed from their reliance upon young talent like himself.

“It was a hard season for us with injuries to our senior players and having to play with sophomores and juniors for the most part,” Faulkner said. “It was my first year playing varsity, and I believe I could've done a lot better.”

Although Faulkner sees room for improvement, his 2016 numbers did not disappoint. Faulkner accumulated over 60 tackles on the year and two sacks. Faulkner's goals for 2017, however, go beyond these stats.

“My team goal is to make it to the playoffs and to go deep in it,” Faulkner said. “For me, I want to be on the all-offensive and defensive first team and be a better leader for my team.”

Faulkner knows, however, that this type of change does not happen overnight for a team or a player.

“We need to change our mentality and have more positive vibes instead of negativity,” Faulkner said. “It's going to take hard work, dedication and studying the game and your position,” Faulkner said.

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