Originally created 10/20/06

Player of the Week: Aramis Hillary



ARAMIS HILLARY


STROM THURMOND * JUNIOR * QUARTERBACK * 6-2, 210

LAST WEEK: In a 34-7 region win against Airport, the first-year starter produced five touchdowns. Hillary completed 16 of 23 passes (70 percent) for 309 yards and two touchdowns - receptions of 5 and 57 yards. He proved to be a proficient passer as well, as 14 of his completions went for more than 10 yards. Hillary ran for 62 yards and three touchdowns (1, 4 and 20 yards) on 11 carries. He is 92-for-159 passing (58 percent) for 1,358 yards this season. He's thrown nine touchdowns and only three interceptions and has added another 490 yards and seven scores on the ground.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: "I don't have to hide anything from the college coaches with Aramis. He's a winner. No college will ever worry about him off the field or about him working hard. Whatever their requirements are for off-season work he will do it plus a lot more. He will go full speed not just in games but on the practice field. He's got all the tools and he's a competitor no matter how big the game. Aramis will step out on the field and compete. He's a junior but all the recruiting stuff is going to be there for him. It's already started. North Carolina and Virginia have already taken a look at him." - Strom Thurmond coach Lee Sawyer

HILLARY ON HIS GAME: "(Airport) tried to play the pass. They had five in the box and six guys on our receivers. They tried to guard our four with their six. It's tough to have any success throwing into that. But our coaches realized they weren't as athletic as we are. So we kept spreading them out and throwing. My receivers kept sprinting to get open against nickel and dime coverage. I guess my receivers are just that good. They found the open areas in those tight coverages."



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