‘Ever since I was young, I’ve been ready to go’

Inglemoor’s Thurman plays strong for the Vikings.

Inglemoor High’s Trevor Thurman lets his passion for the game shine through when he’s out on the football field.

The senior stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 210 pounds when he’s rumbling up field with the ball at running back or putting the clamps on opponents at linebacker. He’s been garnering college attention and turned many heads at Pop Keeney Stadium last month with an 86-yard touchdown run in an epic 42-34 triumph over Redmond.

“I love being out here, and I work hard every day to get myself better,” he said after a recent practice. “Everyone’s playing well and everyone’s competing their butt off.”

Thurman has formed solid friendships over the years with the teammates he’s played with since they were 7 years old. Their brotherhood is a crucial thread that weaves throughout the squad.

“It’s just crazy, this is my last year and time went by so fast. It’s a little bit surreal,” said Thurman, who dreamt of playing for the Vikings when he was a kid watching the older guys play under the lights.

“The biggest part for me is just looking how big they were when I was younger. But now, it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s us on the field now,’” he said with a smile. “I was just ready to be on the field. Ever since I was young, I’ve been ready to go.”

The Reporter asked Thurman a series of questions to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his life:

Do you have any kind of a routine before a game?

On the bus, I have to listen to music the whole way, even right when I get in the locker room. I never take my headphones off.

What’s your favorite kind of music?

I have a variety of music to listen to, but usually before the games I just like to listen to hype music to get me pumped up. (Rap music mainly.)

When you get out there on the field and it’s game time, what’s going through your head?

Personally, I don’t really like to talk too much because I feel like it interferes with my mentality in the game. I just like to stay locked in every moment.

What’s the biggest challenge that you’ve had to overcome?

Sophomore year, one of my best friends left for a while and that was pretty hard on me. Nothing on the football field, I haven’t been injured too bad, knock on wood.

If you could go to dinner with one person, who would that be?

Ray Lewis. I’d like to see what his take is on how football was and how he grew up.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

I hate when people have bad manners.