Connor Purser, Piedmont
Key stat: Ran for 1,228 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior last season.
Andrew Stark: You have a new coach and a new energy at Piedmont. How has everything been going these past few months?
Connor Purser: It’s been going great. He pushes us harder, wants us to get better and makes sure that we’re going to get better while you’re doing it. Everything is up-tempo, but he takes the time and gives us all of the resources to succeed. He’s got us going in the right direction for sure.
AS: You had a great season last year, but they plan on using you a lot more even this season. How do you prepare for that?
CP: I’m blessed, obviously, to be able to do what I did last year. My expectations are high for this year, and I’m ready for it.
AS: What is that is going to make 2019 a successful season for Piedmont?
CP: We need to play together and not be selfish. We were a little selfish last year with a few players, and you can’t be selfish and win games.