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Quick Q&A: Brandon Alt, Cottage Grove football

10/05/2013, 4:00pm CDT
By Star Tribune

When starting quarterback Sam Domeier went out because of a leg injury in the first game of the season, coach Darin Glazier turned to Alt


Alt

When starting quarterback Sam Domeier went out because of a leg injury in the first game of the season, coach Darin Glazier turned to Alt, a 6-foot, 160-pound freshman, to take over. In four games, Alt opened a few eyes, completing 79 of 151 passes for 983 yards and six touchdowns.

Before the season, did you ever think you would be the starting varsity quarterback? No. I had played one game with the 10th-grade team. That’s where I thought I would be playing.

When did it dawn on you? In my first game, against Mounds View, it really hit me. I knew this was a big step up.

What was the toughest adjustment? The speed of the game is the biggest thing I’ve had to get used to. I’ve always played quarterback, but I’m learning more about reading defense than I ever have.

How has the team helped you settle in? The guys on the team have been great. The number one thing that has helped is them not treating me like a freshman. They treat me like a teammate.

Have you taken any hard hits? One or two poundings, but nothing too bad. I try my hardest just to walk it off.

What have you heard from other freshmen classmates? I think they look up to me. Before every game they’re always saying things like “It’s just a game” and “Go get ’em,” stuff like that.

How much fun has this been? So far, it’s been a blast. I just keep thinking about how much fun I’m having playing football. When they announce “Brandon Alt” before the game, that’s a great feeling.

Jim Paulsen

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