October 22, 2020

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Diamond In The Rough: Qualon Farrar

Qualon Farrar, 5’7, 180-pound running back out of Skyline High School in Dallas, TX. He has a compact build and is hard to tackle due to his impressive speed. Qualon is the younger brother of Skyline High School alumnus and current Oklahoma State LB, Kamryn Farrar. Qualon is a two-sport athlete as a running back and sprinter. During his first year on varsity, he ran 453 rushing yards while averaging 8.4 yards per carry and five touchdowns, subsequently earning District 8-6A Sophomore MVP running back his sophomore season. Qualon is going into his junior season hoping to become more of a leader and improve his speed and endurance. He continues to show significant improvement throughout each season and consistently proves to be a playmaker. Needless to say, Qualon has received offers from Houston, Kansas, Utah State, Illinois State, Missouri, and Tennessee.

CHECK OUT QUALON’S HIGHLIGHTS HERE

When did you start playing football? What made you want to play this sport?

I started playing at 4. I was fast, very fast.

What is your favorite thing about your position?

Really, it’s what I’ve been playing since I was young.  I never changed it because I Iike it.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve discovered in playing your position and how specifically have you attacked that challenge?

I would probably say the big boys on the front line. They’re the biggest challenge because they are the first people I have to get through when I have the ball in my hand. After I get past that, I’m fine. Quickness, juking, spinning, and getting them off balance.

Do you play any other sports?

Yes ma’am, I run track.

Can you talk about how track has helped you on the football field.

Track and football together is just speed and juking. Playing football at running back you cannot be slow. Running track is really the best sport for speed. Getting your speed better and endurance.

What are some goals you have for this season and/or what are you looking forward to?

I’m trying to have at least 1,500 yards by the end of football season.

How do you think your coaches and teammates would describe you as a player?

Humble and quiet. Quiet but deadly and intelligent on the field. I see everything. When I’m running the ball, I see every playing on the field on defense. Basically, when I’m running, I’m already doing the math of where to go, how to juke, and how to get to the touchdown.

What are some expectations you have for yourself and for the team as a whole?

 My expectation for the team, we need to go at least 4 rounds into playoffs. We haven’t done too well in the past few years. We need to change that. Expectations for myself, honestly, I’m not sure yet. I’ll build upon that as the season goes.

Being that you have an older brother that played at the same high school and now plays at the higher level, would you say that he’s someone that you look up to as a role model?

Yes ma’am! He was one of, if not the best linebacker to come out of Skyline. He is a big role model to me and he wants me to be better than him

What would you bring to a college program?

Dedication. Hard work. A win. I would bring a championship! I want to have a good season and I want a ring. I want to be a big player.

Do you have a favorite NFL or college player that you like or model your game after?

One of my favorite running backs would be Walter Payton and in the new generation, Ezekiel Elliot. I like Walter Payton because he was a small skinny back. Shifty with nobody to stop him. Ezekiel Elliot is a big, tall, power back that can move fast.

Do you have any hobbies outside of sports?

Not really. I usually just work out every day. That’s all I do. I like photography too! I’m getting into that. I think that’s what I want to do especially in college.

That leads me right into my next question, have you thought of what you would like to study in college?

Yes! Something to do with photography.

What is something you would like to improve on or something you want to bring to this season that’s different from the previous seasons?

Last year, I was a quiet player, so this year I want to step up as a junior and be a leader. A leader on the team and speak up more.

How do you want to be remembered?

I want to be remembered as at least the top 3 at Skyline. Top 3 athlete, not running back, athlete.

What is your favorite thing about playing football in Texas? In Dallas?

The competition. The competition. This is the best football. Texas has the best football. Dallas is where I grew up. I’ve been through a lot playing football in Dallas. Growing up with one team, then moving to another team, and growing up with them the rest of the way. Dallas is who I am. It’s taught me everything.

I’m glad that you said that because its a great way to finish. What would you say football has taught you about yourself or life in general? 

That’s a good question! It’s shown me how good of an athlete I am. Every team I’ve been on, I’ve always been the go-to person. From little league all the way up to middle school and high school. I was always one of the big-time players, so that proved to me that I was great.