Hello and welcome back to my interviews with some of the members of the Clark County Vipers organization. Due to the length of the first part I had to seperate it into two articles. In case you missed part one you can access it here. Enough from me, now lets hear from the some of the players who give it their all on the field every week.
Quarterback Kyle English:
Q: First off, tell me a little about yourself. What is your background in football and how does it help you this year moving to quarterback?
Kyle: Well I grew up in Portland. I have a big Italian family that I love spending time with especially my grandmother who is 98 years old. She helped raise me. I am married and have a 6 year old daughter. I’ve competed professionally in two different sports. Motocross and arena football. As for my background in football I have semi pro and arena experience no college. The one thing that helps my move to QB is the fact that I played receiver so I understand the other side of the ball.
Q: I know you have played with other teams in the league. How have the Vipers changed since you have come to join them.
Kyle: I have played only with the monarchs and the vipers and the vipers well they have changed in the simple fact that they are a way better team and have more heart then any other year before. The reason for this big change is the coaching staff they have got the team under control which in the past has been a problem.
Q: Against the shockers you had a pretty good game. What were the highlights for you and how are you looking to improve from game to game.
Kyle: I had the best game yet for me against the shockers I had 4 tds that game 3 passing and one I ran in, and the best stat of the game 0 int. You know for me I’m still adapting to the position I think the main thing that I did this game was just relax and play within my game which is just a fast pace in and out of the pocket. To improve game to game I am going to focus on not forcing throws which end up interceptions and stay fast and mobile.
Q: As the leader of the offense you have many weapons at your disposal, what makes you and this offense a threat to other teams?
Kyle: I think the biggest weapon we have is the big range of receivers I have to throw to. From big to small and possession to fast I have a lot of choices to throw to. Also we have an amazing o line this year who are dominant in so many ways from great size to great hands we have only 2 holding penalties this year. The biggest threat to other teams is the fact that a lot of the time we go no huddle so defenses tire quickly with us, and we are well conditioned.
Q: What is the best moment for you thus far this season?
Kyle: I don’t think there is one moment that I would consider my favorite but I can tell what I love the most about this season. The fact that if i am struggling at QB we have Namen Archer that can come in and throw me touchdowns. I love having scored tds in three different areas. Its fun to go online and see myself ranked in QB RB and WR. To be versatile and to be used as a versatile player is my favorite part of this season.
Q: What game/team are you looking forward to playing this season?
Kyle: The game I look forward to the most in regular season is the bears. We are both undefeated and I think it will be a battle to remember.
Defensive Back Efrem Lawrence:
Q: So this is your first year with the Vipers, how are you enjoying playing in the PFL?
Efrem: Yes, This is my first season with the Vipers. I have only been in the North West a little under two years. I am really enjoying the experience of playing in the PFL. I really respect how the teams come together for prayer after the games, and I am impressed with the organization of the league as a whole.
Q: You were rewarded the game ball after your excellent performance during the Shockers vs Vipers game. What was going through your mind after the third interception and how were you able to find yourself in the right place to make the crucial plays?
Efrem: First I have to give the credit to my teammates. My defensive line, and line backers really put our Defensive Backs in position to make plays by applying pressure on the QB’s. Second of all I have to say that Quintin Sullivan is a shut down corner on my side of the field and really gives me the freedom to read where the ball is going. Overall the whole defensive chemistry makes it easy for me to be successful, so each interception including the third is more about our defense as a whole, I just happen to be the recipient of the ball, and that’s a phenomenal feeling.
Q: What playing experience did you have before joining the Vipers?
Efrem: I have no football experience before playing with the Vipers. My background is in basketball, and I have grown up and spent a substantial amount of my adult life embedded in basketball.
Q: What game coming up are you looking forward to and which team do you think will pose the greatest challenge.
Efrem: I am looking forward to playing the Bears because I believe they not only pose the best challenge for us, but they are also the only other undefeated team in our division up to this point. I think to beat them we will need to minimize our mistakes on both sides of the ball and capitalize on all of their mistakes in order to win.
Q: What do you think is the key to the Viper’s 7-0 overall start to this season?
Efrem: There are a number of variables that have went into us being undefeated, but the FIGHT that we have as a group has been our biggest asset. From the coaching staff all the way down to the guys who rarely get into the game, everyone has excepted each challenge every game. You can practice, you can talk about it, you can even execute, but when a challenge presents itself the good teams step up and except the challenge. The Vipers have done that thus far. We have a long way to go and I look forward to the next game.
Huge thank you to all of the members of the Vipers for their great answers. Don’t forget to come support your local team when they take on the Renegades Saturday June 11th at Kiggens Field in Vancouver Wa. For more Vipers information you can check them out on Facebook here or on the team’s page at www.pacificfootballleague.com. Feel free to comment below or email me at [email protected] with any ideas or questions you would like to see answered. Vipers players who are reading this, sound off in the comments so the community knows who you are. Vipers on 3, 1……….2……….3………..