Even off gridiron, senior still contributes

The 2015 football season hasn’t gone the way Brownstown Central’s Clay Hauer planned.

During team camp, back in August, Hauer tore his ACL in a scrimmage at Franklin College.

The two-way, two-year starter has been sidelined this season — but that hasn’t stopped him from contributing to the team.

“I just kind of support them and cheer them on,” Hauer said. “I try to give the younger guys pointers. At practice, I watch and try to help keep everyone in line.”

While he would like to play this season, Hauer said it isn’t likely he will make it back to the field after speaking with doctors.

Hauer played on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Braves.

He said that the little things make the biggest difference when blocking.

“You have to have good footwork,” Hauer said. “You need to watch the defenders on the block and have good hand placement. Footwork is really important, you need to drive your feet once you make contact.”

Hauer’s a Brownstown program guy, who started in the 56ers program.

“I started playing in the fifth grade with the 56ers program,” Hauer said. “I always liked the sport. All my friends played, and I thought I would like it too. Football was always interesting to me and once I got started I loved it.”

Among other memories, playing at Lucas Oil Stadium and winning sectional have highlighted Hauer’s career.

“Beating Charlestown at Lucas Oil Stadium last year was pretty awesome, it was our first time playing there,” Hauer said. “Also winning (the Mid-Southern) Conference my sophomore and junior year. Winning sectionals my sophomore year was pretty cool, too.”

Following graduation, Hauer wants to attend college and pursue a profession in agriculture.

“I would like to go for agriculture,” Hauer said. “I’ve always liked farming and that kind of work. My uncle has a farm up North and we go up and always help him.”

Hauer said that college football isn’t out of the question, and he will make that decision after choosing a college that best fits his academic needs.

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Parents: Rex and Karen Hauer

Sibling: Clark

Sports: Football 4 years, basketball 1 year, track 1 year

Athletic highlights: winning sectionals in 2013, winning the Mid-Southern Conference in 2013-14

Organizations: Letterman’s Club, Sportsman’s club

Plans after high school: attend college

Favorite food: pizza

Favorite TV show: Sportscenter

Favorite musician: J. Cole

Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans”

Favorite athlete/team: Oregon Ducks

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Q: What’s gameday like at Blevins Stadium?

A: “It’s awesome playing here. The stadium is always pretty packed, no matter how good or bad you’re playing. It’s a great atmosphere, it’s very memorable.”

Q: Outside of athletics, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A: “I like hunting and fishing. Like most other guys, I enjoying goofing off with my friends.”

Q: Have you enjoyed attending Brownstown Central high school?

A: “It’s been pretty good here, the teachers are really nice and there are small classes. Everyone is pretty family. I like the small-town atmosphere.”