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Player Profile: Tay Erwin

WARRENTON, Ga. --- Tay Erwin is one of the most versatile players for Warren County.

Because of that, the 17-year-old senior poses more of a threat for opponents.

"I've always been called versatile by my coaches," Erwin said during a recent interview. "I'll play any position to help my teammates."

Erwin, a member of last year's track team that won the Class A State Championship, is blessed with an abundance of speed. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

Erwin, the son of Marcus Myers and Temekio Erwin, of Warrenton, has played football for four years.

He played quarterback last season, but he has been converted to a starting halfback under new head coach Marleau Blount.

Erwin will see some playing time at quarterback, Blount said, but Dondracus Dozier is is now at that position.

Erwin also will play defensive safety. Playing on both sides of the football is nothing new to him. It's something he's done all four years.

Erwin said he doesn't care where he plays, as long as he's playing. When he's got his hands on the football, he feels as though he can score every time.

"It doesn't matter if I'm running with the football or I've caught a pass, I really feel like I can score," Erwin said.

It won't be long before he'll get the opportunity, as the Screaming Devils open their season against Johnson County in a scrimmage Friday night at the Albert Massey Football Field in Warrenton.

"I'm looking forward to us playing somebody," said Erwin, whose two biggest attributes are his speed and his vision to pick defenses apart.

Football, according to Erwin, "will make a man out of you. I like playing football on Friday nights in front of a big crowd."

Even though the Screaming Devils are young and inexperienced in some positions, Erwin feels that because the team has more "bodies" it will help them.

"It will give some of us who play both ways a break sometimes," said Erwin. "That will help us a lot when we get into the second half of a ballgame."

Erwin likes winning.

"I don't like to lose and I don't believe in giving up," said Erwin. "We have to believe in ourselves. That's what we're going to do a lot of this season."

Web posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009

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