JACKSON -- Levi Lindley loves to hunt and fish, and he loves playing football with the Jackson County Central Huskies.
He especially loves being a running back.
Last season, however, Lindley was moved from his favorite position to take over at quarterback. It was determined that the team needed him more as a signal caller than at his natural position, so he dutifully did his part for the common good.
He did his best, naturally. But today he’s happier. He’s back as a running back, where he wants to be.
“Last year, quarterback was kind of tough on me,” Lindley recalled recently. “I hadn’t played a snap at quarterback since junior high. The first thing, about getting all my reads down, and knowing where to throw the ball, and when to throw the ball there, just reading the defense was kind of tough.”
The 2020 football campaign was an odd one for JCC, for several reasons. First off, it was a COVID year, and the Huskies were just happy they could play at all. Secondly, for a team used to winning and vying for section championships, they were rebuilding. Losing became oddly commonplace at the beginning of the season, and it was only late in the year that the Huskies felt prepared to win.
Lindley, a senior, is a player the Huskies’ are counting on in the fall of 2021. He is already well known in the Big South Conference as a bruising runner, and one might suggest his pride of accomplishment makes him even better. His biggest personal inspiration, his older brother Ethan, was also a JCC gridder. Between the two of them, they’re making the Lindley name synonymous with football.
“(Ethan) inspires me because we basically created the name for our sports, because our parents didn’t play much sports in high school,” said Levi, who also played baseball for the Lakefield Horned Frogs this summer.
One thing Levi did get from his parents, however, is his love of hunting and fishing. “It’s just the way my family’s grown up,” he explained.
After graduation, he’s thinking about pursuing a career as a conservation officer.
As this week’s Drill subject, a video of Levi can be seen online at www.dglobe.com. Here’s a sample of the interview:
QUESTION: How good do you think the Huskies football team can be this season?
ANSWER: “I feel like we’re going to be a much better team. We lost a lot of seniors that year prior. We needed guys. It took us a little bit to get guys in the right spots, and once we found the key we hit it. We just started beating teams.”
QUESTION: Have you got a special story to tell about something that happened to you in your sports career that you’ll never forget?
ANSWER: “A funny story I have was my freshman year. I was playing scout dee, and Rudy Voss -- our quarterback at the time -- was rolling out, and I hit his arm when he went to go throw. Wade Wacker, our assistant offensive coordinator, he chews me out. He absolutely lays into me for two, three minutes, and I walked back to the defensive side and Jay Moore, our defensive coach or our linebacker coach, just says, ‘Nice hit,’ and chuckles.”