Based on former players who now play defensive back in the NFL ranks, LSU is often referred to as DBU by fans and the media. Livonia can lay claim to the moniker Running Back Prep based on the past few seasons. Senior Patrick Queen is the latest in the line of running backs for the Wildcats, who moved up to Class 4A this year. Livonia, ranked 10th, meets Tara (0-5) at 7 p.m. at Woodlawn to open District 6-4A play.
You’re projected to play safety on the college level, did that make it tough for you to play running back this season?
“At first I was a little hesitant. I thought about it and knew I had to do what was best for the team. That meant me playing running back. It was an adjustment, but I like it now.”
You’re following in the footsteps of two all-state running backs. Russell Farris led LHS Class 3A runner-up finish and earned all-state honors in 2013. Your cousin, Malcolm Dedrick, was the all-state RB who helped Livonia win the Class 3A state title. Has that put more pressure on you?
“Not really. I just try to play the role I’m supposed to for the team. Malcolm (Dedrick, now at Southeastern Louisiana) and I text about it all the time. I want to run for more yards than he did, and we joke about that. But he also gives me a lot of good advice.”
So far, you have 725 yards on 102 carries with seven TDs. Are you happy with your progress?
“Yes, and I give all the credit to my offensive line. Those guys were good last year, and I think they’re even better this year. They never stop working, and they never stop asking questions. They make it easy for me and Cee Jay (Powell).”
Speaking of your quarterback, Cee Jay Powell, how much fun is it to play with him?
“It’s great because teams have to choose which one of us they’re going to stop. They can’t stop both of us at the same time.”
Livonia lost to Madison Prep and now has won four straight. What was the big adjustment after the loss?
“We had to get back to work and take every day and every play and treat them like they’re the most important thing. We’re doing that now.”
Are you looking forward to District 6-4A play?
“We know there are good teams in 4A. I am looking forward to district. I like the idea of playing some different teams.”