Travis Nannen is the tall, lanky, starting QB for Good Counsel Football; one of the most storied programs in the region. He is a classic and prototypical pro-style gun slinger with a propensity for connecting on the deep ball. He looks to silence the doubters and lead his squad to a WCAC crown in this, his senior season.
Chad Ricardo: Travis, it was a pleasure having the opportunity to speak with you for a few moments at the Maryland Crab Bowl camp. I’d already studied your tape and knew you had game, but meeting you really reinforced my faith in not only you as a QB, but ultimately, my expectations for your Good Counsel teams’ season. Before we get into any of that though, here’s what I want to ask–At what age did you know you wanted to be a football player? And did you always know you would be a quarterback?
Travis Nannen: My parents absolutely love to watch football so I’ve grown up watching it. I knew from a young age that I wanted to play and finally in 3rd grade my parents signed me up for a team. And I’ve always played quarterback because my favorite player was Peyton Manning so I would try to imitate him.
Chad Ricardo: Peyton huh? That’s whats up. With your calm and poise, many would say you’ve done a great job at that. Similar to #18, you’re tall, you’re long, you have an effortless overhand motion and drop in the deep ball as if it were a handoff. Beyond those abilities, what traits and skills do you embody that will allow you to lead your squad to another successful season?
Travis Nannen: I think my understanding of the game. It’s definitely something I pride myself on.
Chad Ricardo: Ah yes, a cerebral Quarterback is often a winning one. I want to talk about your Good Counsel team now. You all have WEAPONS coming back this year. I know you’re going to be distributing the rock, but what guys do you anticipate having MONSTER seasons for GC football?
Travis Nannen: Dj Pratt is our number 1 wide receiver this year. He will have a big year this year.
Chad Ricardo: Ya know– you mentioned Pratt to me the last time we spoke. Young man MUST BE a Savage! I’ll have to grab an interview with him soon. Many of you all have been playing together for many years. What advantages does this kind of rapport and camaraderie provide?
Travis Nannen: We really are family. We hangout everyday and have been doing it for years now. You always play harder for guys you consider family.
Chad Ricardo: Football is the ultimate team sport. There’s no doubt about that. You play in the WCAC, arguably the toughest conference in the nation. A lot of pundits and sports writers are talking about St. Johns. They’re talking about Dematha. It’s as though they’ve forgotten that Good Counsel finds themselves in the title game almost annually. Do you all feel overlooked and/or disrespected?
Travis Nannen: We definitely feel overlooked and we are reminded of that everyday on Twitter that we aren’t the favorites in our league.
Chad Ricardo: Which again, is crazy if one would consider you all’s prolonged and consistent success! But hey, the only way to change that is on the field, right? I’ll get you out of here on this one–This is your senior year. Your final High School Hoorah. What are your expectations for this season? How far can this Good Counsel team go?
Travis Nannen: Well our team mentality is one game at a time. The end goal is obviously a championship and we can definitely do it but we will do it one game at a time.
Chad Ricardo: You’re a great quarterback and an even better young man. I wish you health, happiness, success and nothing less. Travis Nannen, thank you brother!