Burger King Outstanding Student Athlete: Mishawaka's Alex Faulkner
"I just always liked hitting, that was the big part with football. I never really shied away from contact. That was the best part," said Mishawaka senior, Alex Faulkner.
At 6'4" and 220 pounds, Faulkner looks the part but he has not always been up front.
Faulkner said, "I actually was a quarterback all the way up until seventh grade and then a fullback in eighth. I got switched over to a linemen when I was a freshmen because of Coach Curtis. He said, the quickest way to get you on the field is if you're an offensive lineman-- and I said, alright. Well I want to play."
Since then, he's been a staple on that line-- helping the Cavemen to rush for more than 4,000 yards as a team last season. Faulkner said playing skilled positions before high school has helped him with footwork and understanding the game a lot more. He also is grateful for the leadership skills he gained as a four-year starter, which he will take with him as he continues his football and academic career at the United States Military Academy.
"It had a big effect because I'd like to be a leader with my occupation one day and WestPoint is known for producing leaders for our country," Faulkner added, "So, I like the sound of that."
Before joining the Academy, he will use the rest of his senior year and wrestling season to prepare for the grueling years ahead.
Faulkner said, "I'm going to use wrestling as a key to get in shape and just work out a lot in the offseason after wrestling. And just get in shape and get ready for boot-camp."