To say that it is good to be Mandarin quarterback Carson Beck right now would be a giant understatement. Just a few weeks removed from leading the Mustangs to their first football state title in school history, Beck was named Mr. Football in the state of Florida.
1010XL sat down with Beck to talk about the state title, the Mr. Football award and his future plans.
“I was super excited about it, but that award is like the Heisman almost in that it’s not so much a personal award as much as it is a team award,” Beck told 1010XL regarding winning Mr. Football. “Without everyone else on the team, that award is really not possible. That award would not be possible without all the other athletes that played with me.”
Beck was asked what his last month has been like.
“It’s been unreal and it’s been awesome and a great feeling to have those accomplishments,” Beck said. “We grinded hard the entire year and I feel like even when things were not going our way, it prepared us for what we accomplished at the end of the season.”
Beck transferred to Mandarin last spring from Providence because he wanted to prove himself against 8A competition. Needless to say, Mandarin was the perfect fit for him.
“Absolutely, but at the beginning it was kind of a struggle because I really didn’t know where I wanted to go,” Beck said. “But in my heart, I just felt like I would have the best chance at Mandarin to go succeed and play well.
“People were kind of doubting me because I was only playing in 3A, but in going to 8A I felt like I had something to prove and I still feel like I have something to prove.”
Beck says as great as the state title and the Mr. Football awards are, it’s now time to begin focusing on his upcoming senior year.
“After the first week, we celebrated the win, but that season is now over,” Beck said. “Regardless of what happened it’s time to focus on next season. We are not going to have the same players, or play the same teams.
“Now, it’s all about focusing on next year and start grinding and making sure that we are ready as a team.”
Beck has been committed to Alabama for over six months and was asked about the Crimson Tide’s upcoming matchup against Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff.
“I feel like Oklahoma doesn’t really have a defense, so I feel like their chances of stopping Alabama are not very high,” Beck said. “But, Oklahoma’s offense with Kyler Murray, they are going to put up points. I feel like it’s going to be a battle, but I’m obviously pulling for Alabama.”
Speaking of the Alabama commit, after winning a state title and Florida’s Mr. Football, other schools, including Miami, are beginning to show interest. Will that affect his Alabama commitment status?
“Most schools were hesitant during the season, but once I got the Miami offer, more schools just started coming in,” Beck said. “So, we will see how everything works itself out in the next couple months.”
Beck is the fourth area quarterback to win the Mr. Football award joining Ponte Vedra’s Nick Tronti in 2016, First Coast’s De’Andre Johnson in 2014 and Nease quarterback Tim Tebow in 2005.
The other area Mr. Football award winners were Yulee running back Derrick Henry in 2012, Jackson tailback Leon Washington in 2001 and Sandalwood tailback Frankie Franklin back in 1995.
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