DB Brass working towards a bright future

With his senior season finally here, Sheldon Williams Collegiate defensive back Alexander Brass is prepared for the challenges that lay ahead.

The first time a player steps foot a football field, they can never imagine the potential journey that may await them if they are willing to dedicate themselves to the game. For Alexander Brass, his journey began in the sixth grade when he was enrolled in the Regina Minor Football league, and with a tireless work ethic throughout the years, his journey continues in 2016 with an opportunity to make a name for himself at Sheldon Williams in his final season of high school football.

Times have not always been easy on the field for Brass who has experienced the tough side of sports losing back to back RMF championship games in 2012 and 2013, but the lessons learned through these defeats are sometimes the most important of all if you are in the right frame of mind. With the support from his parents both on and off the field, Brass has been able to weather to storm through all the highs and lows,

The most influential people in my personal life are my Mom and Dad. They have supported me throughout my years of playing football and they also help me with my high school studies and other extra-curricular activities.”

A supportive family at home is always beneficiary to a young athlete with aspirations to grow as a person and a player, but it is just as important to have a family mentality on the field says Brass, who enjoys the comradery one can only experience through playing team sports,

“My coaches, fellow teammates and friends are also influential to me as they encourage me, coach me and help me to be my best, and I try to do the same for them. The highlight from last season was going to the semi-finals against LeBoldus who are one of the best teams in Canada, and just coming together as a team and seeing how well the seniors did in leading us.”

In preparation for his turn to be one of the seniors leading the team this season, a lot of background work has been done during the Summer to make sure he is on point when his name is called upon to step up and deliver a big play for his team. A big part of that comradery among teammates comes during these long hours put in during the off-season, which is why Brass enjoys working out with his friends with the common goal in mind of constant improvement on the field,

“My football buddies and I spend two hours a day lifting weights and doing on-field work such as ladder footwork or running routes. I’ve been training and working out throughout the summer in preparation for my final year of high school football and I look forward to improving my football skills during this season.”

The mindset of constant of improvement has also translated into the classroom for Brass, who has set high expectations for himself in preparation for the jump to university creeping around the corner. Usually at this point most students still have their options open and have yet to narrow down where their path leads in regards to post-secondary school, but this is not an issue for Brass who has his heart set on attending the University of Regina upon graduation,

“I would like to go to the University of Regina for several reasons. My family and friends live in Regina and I would like to maintain those personal connections. As well, I am interested in taking a Bachelor of Arts in Police Studies and the University of Regina has excellent programming through the Saskatchewan Police College. Last year when I was in grade 11, I attended the University of Regina for a day through the Aboriginal Student Centre to get a feel for the university and what it would be like to attend classes, and I liked it.”

With a clear cut future mapped out on the academic side of things, Brass is still unsure about whether football will be in his schedule when it comes time to attend university next fall. Although he has no visits or offers lined up as of right now, Brass is just looking to do everything he can to improve his skills and be the best he can be come game day when his teammates need him the most,

“There is always room for improvement in any facet of the game, no matter what position you play. This season as a defensive back, I want to improve my coverage skills and strength.”

alexander-brass

Alex Brass
Defensive Back
5’10, 168lbs

Teams: Regina Minor Football (RMF), Sheldon Williams Collegiate
Considerations: University of Regina
Official Visits: None
Commitment: None
Class: 2017

 

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