KNOXVILLE, TENN. (WATE) – Mason Brang is the type of quarterback that coaches dream about.
“He’s a coach on the field we feel like,” South Doyle head coach Clark Duncan explains. “Besides being a player, he’s a coach. He helps us, he gets us in great position to be successful.”
And according to junior wideout Ezra Young-Mostella he’s also the type of teammate who does all he can to make those around him better.
“He gives us receivers great advice when we’re in a game,” Young-Mostella explains. “It depends on what coverage we’re getting and he’ll give us a whole nother route.”
The combination of those skills have helped the Cherokees soar to a 3-0 record to start the 2018 high school football season. In South Doyle’s most recent game, Brang racked up 242 total yards and three touchdowns in the 41-7 win over Gibbs. Despite a big performance, the junior quarterback is quick to credit his successes to those surrounding him.
“I look all across the field and there’s athletes everywhere,” Brang said. “My job is to just get the ball to them.”
As Brang settles into his second year lining up under center, his confidence in the position grows. Year two has also helped the gunslinger learn how to get zoned in and game-ready.
“I don’t like to listen to music on game days, I’m going to be honest with you.” Brang explained “I like to be relaxed and focus on everything. I watch film before the games, have a rest period. I take my nap. Just get focused for the game.”
For Brang, it’s no-nonsense on gameday. As for every other day he’s the first to put a smile on his friends faces, even unintentionally.
“His laugh is very funny,” Young-Mostella explained. “Like it doesn’t matter how funny how less hilarious it was or the joke was, when he laughs it just makes everybody laugh.”