2015 FBU Player of the Week for Week 7: Sam Johnson – Delbarton

Morris Sussex Sports and Football University are teaming up this season to honor our weekly Player of the Week award. Football University is the leading player development organization in the country that teaches players techniques to perform at a highest level possible on the field.

At the beginning of every week all of the writers at Morris Sussex Sports sit around the conference table and try to figure out who deserves the FBU Player of the Week based on the past weekend’s games. This week was tough for us because there were a ton of great performances; Lenape Valley’s Greg Cooper was a beast against Dover racking up 15 tackles, 4 of them for a loss, and 2 sacks, Kinnelon’s Jon Toye threw for 389-yards and an amazing 6 touchdowns, and Sussex Tech’s Shyheim “The Dream” Outland continues to dazzle with his 277-yard, 5 touchdown performance.

However, the player who we felt deserved the FBU Player of the Week the most was Delbarton linebacker/tight end Sam Johnson.  Johnson was the emotional leader of for Delbarton in Week 7 as he had 3 receptions for 77-yards and 2 touchdowns on offense and was in on virtually every tackle on defense as the Green Wave took down the undefeated and Top 20 ranked Roxbury Gaels by a score of 40-7.

Johnson, who actually game into this game with a 101 degree fever, says this was one of the best games he ever played.  “We came into this game really confident.  We knew it was going to be a dog fight because they are an excellent team.  This was one of the most memorable games I have every played in.”

Football University's Vice President of Player Development Joe Bouffard hand delivers Sam his FBU Player of the Week cetificate during practice yesterday.

Football University’s Vice President of Player Development Joe Bouffard hand delivers Sam his FBU Player of the Week cetificate during practice yesterday.

I caught up with Johnson, who has committed to Princeton to play football, to talk about this win, who his role model is and what a state championship would mean to this Delbarton team.

George Muha: What did this weekend’s win mean for this Delbarton team?
Sam Johnson: It showed that Delbarton is the best team in the conference.

GM: Do you and your teammates think ahead about the Non-Public Group 3 playoff section?
SJ: We try not to, but it is very tempting to see what teams we could potentially play in the future.

GM: What would surprise people about this squad?
SJ: We might not have the biggest players, but we are the most physical.

GM: Who one your team surprised people they way they stepped up this season?
SJ: The sophomore trio of Tre Zgombic, Cole Kreshpane and Anthony Siragusa. Even though they are young, their role on this team is extremely important.

GM: Who’s the strongest player on your team?
SJ: Jake Macjiewski.  He squats well over 500 pounds

GM: Who are the top three fastest players?
SJ: Andrew Papantonis, Luca Tria, and Andrew Sanders

GM: Who is surprisingly athletic?
SJ: Matt Zebrowski.  He moves very well for his size

GM: Who has the quirkiest game day routine?
SJ: Jon Catania.  He plays soccer with Davis Bell before every game.

GM: Who on your team would win a hot dog eating contest?
SJ: Cole Kreshpane.  He can eat a whole apple in two bites.

GM: Do you talk to opponents on the field?
SJ: I will talk trash but only if they provoke me.

GM: What’s the funniest thing that happened in your huddle?
SJ: One of our lineman farted very loudly.

GM: What gets Coach Bowers the most upset?
SJ: When he catches us talking trash to opponents.

GM: Who is the best athlete you faced during your time playing varsity football?
SJ: Jabrill Peppers, sophomore year vs. Paramus Catholic.

GM: What NFL player do you try to emulate?
SJ: Gronk

GM: Who is your role model?
SJ: My dad

GM: What would it mean for this team to win a state championship?
SJ: Since we haven’t won it in 17 years, it would mean everything for this team and the school. We all are determined to bring the trophy back.

GM:  Congrats Sam on winning the FBU Player of the Week and best of luck the rest of the way!

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