Male Athlete of the Week Courtney Pender

Behind the stellar play of senior linebacker Courtney Pender, Sprayberry upset Dalton 20-17 last Friday to put itself in a good position to make the state playoffs.

Pender came away with 12 tackles and one quarterback pressure. He also had a fourth quarter pass breakup while covering Georgia Tech-bound running back Jahmyr Gibbs.

Courtney Pender, Sprayberry

Senior, Linebacker

Strengths: He’s fast, physical and likes to hit.

Working on: Reading the defense and focusing better.

His biggest football goal: Making the state playoffs this year and going on from there.

He encourages teammates by saying: “Go out there, play your hardest and play for each other.”

His finest football memory: Beating Dalton last Friday.

Who would play him in a movie about himself: Michael B. Jordan

Biggest fear: Spiders

Most used emoji: The laughing emoji. I like to make jokes.

Superpower: To control atoms.

Favorite Cartoon: The Boondocks

Favorite nighttime activity: Going to The Cookout with his teammates.

Picture he has on his phone: A Sprayberry team picture.

Not many people know that: He may be quiet but is always friendly.

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