Q&A with Shamrock’s Shea Jernigan
Last season Shamrock declined to University Interscholastic League’s proposed Class 1A alignment. Rather than playing in the designated six-man classification, head coach Jarrett Vickers and the Irish finished off their 2018 11-man season with a record of 3-7.
Quarterback Shea Jernigan is leading the Irish out of the tunnel and into the 2019 season following a junior campaign that saw him go for 1,170 yards on the ground and 600 yards through the air combining for 24 touchdowns.
You’re a guy that’s pretty electric on the field. What goes through your head when a play is called specifically for you?
“I just think about how I want to run the play and where it hurts the defense. It’s my time to make a play so when my number is called it’s time to go get it.”
Playing quarterback is a leadership role--how would you describe yourself as a leader?
“I’m not really a vocal leader. I prefer actions--if I go hard the rest of the team will go hard. Sometimes there are times where certain teammates don’t see that, so that’s when I start to be vocal. It’s more so to get the team fired up and going. Whatever I can do to get the team coming out hot.”
Do you have a special relationship with any of your coaches?
“Coach (Jarrett) Vickers and I are really close. We have our similarities, we’re both competitors and think the same too. If it’s a 3rd and 3 call, I’m probably thinking the same thing he is. It’s a great relationship to have.”
What are the expectations for the Irish in 2019?
“This year it’s more of us seeing progress as a team. Coming off of a 3-7 season you just want to see how far you’ve come. We’re trying to establish a culture for the younger guys to carry on. We’re not as concerned about playoffs as we are about starting a new culture.”
Who’s the greatest quarterback of all time?
“I’d have to give it to the ‘G.O.A.T.’ Tom Brady himself.”