• John Macon Gillespie

Altmyer Eyes Records, Gold Ball At Season's End

Starkville opened the season with a loud 30-6 win over 4A titan, Noxubee County. Sophomore Luke Altmyer is in his first season as the starting quarterback for the Yellowjackets and has big goals going through this season.

“I want to be a single season record holder,” Altmyer told SES Mississippi. “I want to set the record for touchdowns and yards but being the on field coach and being the vocal leader for my offense is the most important thing.”

Altmyer grew up watching a record setting quarterback in Dak Prescott and has built his game after him. Prescott holds every passing record in the books at Mississippi State.

“I’m not only saying this because of how great of a quarterback he is,” Altmyer said. “I love that he is a great leader of men and what I look up to the most is his maturity and humility on and off the field.”

Altmyer has a lot of responsibility at the quarterback position, but keeping a level head is something that Luke has become good at as he’s gained game experience. Altmyer completed 39 of his 46 passes his freshman year.

“I am a really calm and even-killed person,” Altmyer said. “I’m the type of person who likes quiet time to myself because it gives me time to think and to also clear my mind.”

Head coach Chris Jones has had a positive impact on Altmyer since the 8th grade and has helped pave the way for the rest of Altmyer’s high school career. According to Altmyer, Jones always pushes him to be better.

“Coach Jones is great,” Altmyer said. “Driven is one word to describe Coach Jones, he is never satisfied. His enthusiasm and passion for this game is like no other coach I have ever seen. He has rubbed off on me that no matter what I’m doing there is always room to be better and to never be satisfied. He’s a players coach whose impact goes further than football.”

As for Starkville as a whole, Altmyer thinks this team has what it takes to make it back to where they were last season. Starkville is traveling to Oxford tomorrow for the Little Egg Bowl, trying to get to 2-0.

“We need to get back and finish the job this time,” Altmyer said. “I want to get back to where we were last season but we have to finish off the job this time, simple as that.”

**Photo Courtesy of Thomas Brown

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