BROOKSVILLE – For two-way starter Michael Weston, it is all about making the most of your opportunities.
The sophomore running back and defensive end has broken out for Nature Coast this season with 769 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns along with 22 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.
At 6’0″, 215 lbs., Weston is a big kid who earned his first taste of varsity football last season with 81 rushing yards and a touchdown and 27 tackles and a forced fumble.
“Last year, I wasn’t really worrying about getting in the game, I just wanted our team to go far,” Weston told Prep Sports Scouting. “I was down for whatever our team was down with. This year, I’m happy with what I’m doing right now.”
After totaling three touchdowns in the first five games, Weston exploded for nine scores over the next two weeks with 180 rushing yards and four touchdowns against Weeki Wachee on Oct. 8 and 282 rushing yards and five touchdowns against Lecanto on Oct. 14.
When asking him what it took to get to this point, Weston said this.
“As soon as you get an opportunity to play with first team you better take it because if you don’t then somebody is right there to take your spot,” he said.
Playing on both sides of the ball is something Weston says makes you go even harder in practices so you don’t get tired come game time.
In terms of playing defensive end, he says it helps him as a running back to improve his vision and ability to break down defenses.
Starting his football life at age 5, he’s always been a running back. Weston pointed to the summer practices before his freshman season as where he gained the confidence that he has today.
At 8-0, the Sharks play host to Class 5A-District 7 rival Hernando on Friday night for a chance to post the first undefeated season in school history. Weston says he believes the team can go all the way as long as everybody does their job.
In 2015, Nature Coast finished 12-1 before falling to Clay 40-28 in the 5A region final.
“Last year, we didn’t have much teamwork; they were just playing for themselves,” Weston said. “This year, everybody is doing their job.”
Third-year head coach Justin Worden is someone Weston looks up to. Worden has led the Sharks to a 24-5 record since taking over in 2014.
“I love coach Worden. He taught me how to overcome adversity in the middle of a game,” Weston said. “He tells us don’t go down to always keep our heads up and he teaches us how to have good character.”
As for his biggest strength on the field, Weston said it was his overall power. He’s aiming to improve the speed aspect of his game.
The 2019 prospect currently has no offers or interest, but expect that to change awfully soon.
Dallas Cowboys rookie running back and former Ohio State star Ezekiel Elliott is Weston’s biggest role model.
“I like the way he is on and off the field; his character,” he said.
Weston’s ultimate goal has always been to make it to NFL and shine on the field. He wants to study computer engineering in college.
Here’s a humble and bright kid. Weston knows what he needs to do be successful and he’s making it happen so far in his first full season as a starter averaging 7.7 yards per rush.
Michael Weston is a strong running back and defensive end who has endless strength as a two-way starter. He deserves much more attention and I think that will be coming here quickly. This kid is simply too talented.
Favorite players to watch – Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough, Titans RB Derrick Henry and LSU RB Leonard Fournette
Playlist before games – Lil Bucci
Favorite movies –
Fun fact about you that you think no one knows – “People don’t think I like soccer. I watch Barcelona. I play soccer sometimes and I like the pace of it.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “Mike Mike”
Game film: Weston’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: Tampa Bay Times
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