Baskett returns to lead Predator football team

  • Thursday, August 8, 2013

Photo by Scott Rodgers Fox Creek High School quarterback Deondre Baskett follows through on a pass under the watchful eyes of offensive coordinator Wesley Brown (center) and head coach Russ Schneider (right).



In December, it was unclear if Deondre Baskett would be able to return to the football field, much less for the team’s first practice.


That’s because the Predator quarterback tore his ACL in December. Baskett, a three-sport star who also plays basketball and baseball, suffered the injury five games into the season.


Following in the footsteps of NFL players Adrian Peterson, and, most recently, Robert Griffin III, Baskett never stopped working toward getting back to this point.


“I watched a lot of videos of them while I was doing my workouts,” Baskett said about working his way back.


The results speak for themselves. On Friday under the hot sun – Fox Creek started its practice at 5:30 p.m. – Baskett was rolling out and running in drills with no hesitation.


“It’s like it was better than it was before,” head coach Russ Schneider said. “The doctors did say once he went through that surgery and once it’s repaired and rehabbed right, it will come back just right.”


Schneider said there was no loss in speed for Baskett, and he may even be quicker than he was before. That’s quite the statement, considering that Baskett was also one of the team’s top wide receivers last season.


Baskett split time at quarterback for most of last year with Trey Mock. This year, he will be the unquestioned starter and only have one position.


“It’s easier on your legs, but I still have to do a lot of running,” Baskett said. “... This year I want to be more like a quarterback instead of a running quarterback. I hope to throw a lot more.”


Even though that is Baskett’s hope, the threat of his speed will keep defenses honest.


“It’s kind of like going back to what we had with Marty (Williams),” Schneider said. “He’s not just a pass threat, he’s a pass threat and he’s a run threat. That kind of gets us back to what we’re comfortable with running and calling in our offense.”


Baskett is prepared to step up into a leadership role this season as well.


“I have to be a leader this year. I wasn’t one last year, and I have to step it up,” he said. “I’m the quarterback and a senior, so I have to show the younger guys what to do.”


The senior has received offers from Limestone, Liberty and Holy Cross to play at the next level. Other schools have also shown interest, but have yet to extend offers at this time. He also said he will play baseball next year, though at this time, basketball is up in the air. Right now, his main focus is to lead his team back to the playoffs.


“I really want to make it to the playoffs, at least, if anything,” Baskett said. “There’s more talent and more teams out there.”



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