WHY HE WAS SELECTED:
Downers Grove North senior quarterback Drew Cassens ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 95 yards in the Trojans' win over Addison Trail.
Cassens talked about his performance, his team's 2-0 start to the season and more with Suburban Life sports editor Joshua Welge. Here is an edited version of the transcript:
Welge: You guys were so close to the playoffs last year. Was it a conscious effort to start this season strong?
Cassens: Obviously with the way we finished last season we had a real bitter taste in our mouth all offseason. If we could have won an earlier game we wouldn't have been in that situation. Coming out strong this year was a priority.
Welge: I heard it said that last week was one of your best all-around games. How would you grade it?
Cassens: It was a really good team win. Everybody was on the same page. As far as my performance, I felt like last year I was either running the ball well or passing the ball well. This last game I was able to bring them together.
Welge: How have you improved as a quarterback?
Cassens: I went to the QB Farm with coach Steve Gregory this past offseason. Working with him, he's done a great job of building up my confidence. It's a lot of form mechanics, exercises, keep the arm loose, build up strength and then around March when it's nicer out transition outside, put in 80-100 throws each session building up endurance, working on hitting spots in different drops.
Welge: How's recruiting going?
Cassens: This summer I went to exposure camps, I went to Lindenwood University for a prospect camp, went to Northwestern and North Central and my dad and I made a trip to the east coast to visit Patriot League schools – Holy Cross, Georgetown, Fordham – and also made a stop at Yale. Most schools are recruiting me as an outside linebacker, strong safety, or nickle back, some schools as an H-back or slot receiver, a few at quarterback.