July 19, 2019

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LOUISIANA GRIDIRON FOOTBALL RISING STAR: ERIC RANDALL JR

Photo credit Billy Embody

Eric Randall Jr., the son of former Southern quarterback Eric Randall Sr., is a 6’ defensive back in the class of 2021. The 180lb cornerback has been patiently waiting his time this past season on the sideline, after transferring into Baker. He has spent the past two off-seasons with the Louisiana Bootleggers, a prestigious 7-on-7 flag football team coached by former LSU great Ryan Clark. Eric tells me that spending a year on the sideline has helped him study more how offenses try to attack a defense and he can’t wait to put his 4.5 40 speed to use next season on the field for Baker.

When did you start playing football?

I started at a young age, when I was about five, I played flag at first.

What position did you play when you played flag football?

I played receiver, and quarterback.

What do you love about football?

It’s my first love, it’s my passion. I love working out. It’s my go-to sport. My uncle and my dad played football. That’s what I like best, is football.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I run track too, I played a little bit of baseball, but I stopped playing. I play basketball, so football, basketball and track.

What style of play best describes you?

Humble, I like fast football. I’m not a cocky kind of player. I live to play another down. I want to help my team as much as possible.

What were your goals this previous season?

Well, I did sit out, but I saw a lot of things that I could help the team with, and I’m going to continue to do that next season with them.

Why did you have to sit out last season?

Due to transfer rules, but my goals this season are still the same; try to have two pics a game and a touchdown, but all that comes with execution. I really want to take Baker to a state championship.

Tell me, who are some of your biggest influences?

Some of my biggest influences are my dad, and my uncle really. They were always there for me and they motivated me every time I worked out, and they just push me to be the best that I can be.

Do you think attitude is a factor in winning?

Yes sir, it’s a big factor! I mean, not everything goes right, and your attitude makes a big difference. On the next level if the coach don’t like your attitude, it’s next man up. So yeah attitude plays a big role, not just in winning but in everything.

What do you think is a strength in your gameplay?

A strength in my gameplay I try to lead by example on the field. I block, I’m not that person that wants the ball every down. I block for my teammates, I motivate them. I try to lift them up.

What have you down in the off-season to try to prepare for the upcoming season?

Working out every day, lifting weights, footwork drills, plyometric drills, explosive drills. Even days when I don’t work out, I still do something. I do 200 pushups a night or run through the neighborhood to stay in shape, just to do something every day.

Being the son and nephew of two former Baton Rouge legendary quarterbacks, what has it been like watching film, what have they showed you in film study?

They showed me some great things, my uncle had the “Bluegrass Miracle” and my dad played quarterback at Southern, I could play quarterback, but that’s not really my position. I play cornerback so I just watch a lot of cornerback drills. I don’t have any brothers like my dad and uncle but I have a younger cousin that looks up to me. So when I’m working out I push him to do better like my dad and my uncle. Kinda keep the legacy going.

Sitting out this past year, were you able to pick up anything that other schools were doing?

Yes sir. That’s another key to this season, watching and studying film. Even though I wasn’t playing this season. Every Monday after our Friday games, I’d watch film and take notes on film, because most likely they will run the same offense or something like it next year.

Sounds great! Did you want to add anything?

Thank you for this opportunity, the off-season has been great for me, it’s still going on and I’m just waiting to show it on Friday nights coming up.