Meet the Tigers! Da’Marious Burns

NOTE: Football is sport where the majority of fans may know the names and numbers of the players but seldom see their faces and get to know them personally. In an effort to introduce the members of the 2023 JHHS football team, Jackson Parish Journal correspondent, Clay Williams, presents a question and answer interview series with Tiger players. Today – Da’Marious Burns!

Meet The Tigers

What’s your name, grade, number, and position?
Da’Marious Burns, 12th, #7, Wide Receiver  /Defensive Back

What are your hobbies outside of football?
I like cooking, talking on the phone with friends, and studying film. I also play basketball and run track for the school.

What is your favorite pregame meal?
One of my favorites is a chicken sandwich and a salad. Something light that keeps me full until after the game. 

What is your favorite subject in school?
History, specifically U.S., because it’s very easy for me and I like to learn about the country’s past.

Who would you say is your biggest motivation in life?
My mother, because she always keeps me going and is always telling me positive things
whenever I am down.

What college/NFL player/professional athlete do you take inspiration from?
On defense, I just watch any of the top safeties in the NFL. For offense, I’ve always loved Odell Beckham Jr. Travis Hunter is a player I’ve loved watching this year as well, and he has that two-way ability like me.

What college/NFL player/professional athlete do you take inspiration from?
Tank Dell, his route running and speed is awesome to watch, and even though I play corner he helps me to study from the other side of the ball.

What is something important a coach has taught you?
Coach Hicks has taught me so much stuff that it’s hard to single out just one thing. A favorite of mine is handle your business because that can help me out both on and off the field.

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve always felt like I’ve been doubted. When I first arrived at Jonesboro-Hodge, people just looked at me as the tall kid, and that is it. I’ve been working harder to make sure that wasn’t true, and that there’s more to me than just my height, and I feel that I have really grown as a player because of that.

What are your thoughts about the team’s play so far this season?
We’re improving every week and are coming off a good win last week. Hope to keep that going this week.

What are your expectations for the Winnfield game?
We’ve got to win this game, and I have a lot of confidence that we are going to execute our gameplan.

What are your plans after graduation?
I want to major in cyber security, it is something that I did during a summer program this year and I really enjoyed it. I hope to learn more about it in college, and in my future own several businesses. I also would love to continue my football career if I am given the opportunity. If I had my choice, Oregon would be the dream school to play at. I’ve always loved their jerseys.

Lastly, what are your goals for the rest of this season for yourself, and the team?
For the team, we’re getting better each week and I just want to be better as a team as the regular season comes to an end, and then be ready for the playoffs. For myself, I want to be a better player than I have been, and also try to teach the younger players how to be better as much as I can before my high school career comes to an end.

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