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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Kevontay Hugan

The Booker High football sophomore holds offers from Miami, Penn State, South Florida and Maryland.

Booker High sophomore Kevontay Hugan.
Booker High sophomore Kevontay Hugan.
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Kevontay Hugan is a sophomore football defensive lineman at Booker High. Hugan holds NCAA offers from the University of Miami, South Florida University, Penn State University and the University of Maryland. Hugan has 17 tackles (6.5 tackles for loss), two quarterback hurries and a sack through six games in 2023. Hugan has also been used as a short-yardage running back and scored two touchdowns Sept. 29 in the Tornadoes' 50-6 win against Bayshore High. 

When did you start playing football?

I started when I was 5 in flag football, then I moved onto tackle football. I played baseball and track and field too, but I stuck with football. 

What is the appeal to you?

The feeling of getting after it, tackling someone and helping your team win. It just feels good. I'm happy when I'm on the field. 

What is your best skill?

Using my strength to get off blocks. That just comes naturally to me. 

What have you been working to improve?

I'm trying to improve my technique. I want to get off the ball quicker and add more pass-rushing skills. 

What is your favorite football memory?

For me, my favorite memory is getting my first offer from Penn State. They had seen my film and reached out to me. To get an offer at 14 years old was crazy. I was so happy. 

Where does your recruitment stand now?

I have offers from four schools. I don't have any favorites right now. I'm just taking it slow, playing this season and seeing what happens. 

What's the biggest key for Booker (4-2) as a team going forward?

We just have to work harder. We can't talk during practice, things like that,  because we have to get the little things right still. But we have the talent we need. 

What is your favorite food?

I love Buffalo wings. 

What is your favorite TV show?

I'll go with "The Boondocks." 

What is your favorite school subject?

I like math. That's come easily to me. 

What are your hobbies?

I usually keep it chill, just hanging with friends or reading a book or something. I read pretty much every day. I like mystery books. 

Which superpower would you pick?

Flying. I want to go wherever I want. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Be patient. When you try to rush things, they sometimes don't go as you plan. Just be patient and learn the things you have to know in order to be great. 

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Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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