Lake Norman & Mooresville

SouthLake's all-around athlete looks to excel

Sam Remick wasn't sure what position he would play this season for SouthLake Christian's football squad, but the senior said that where he lines up on Friday nights is not really an issue for him.

"I was just ready to play wherever the coaches wanted to put me," said Remick. "You can put me at D-tackle and I'll play there. I just love playing football."

Remick has played everything from safety and linebacker to receiver and tailback for the Eagles for the past few seasons. During the final two games last year, Remick added another role after taking over as quarterback when Ramsey Marra was injured.

SouthLake coach Rich Landis said it wasn't a hard decision to move his all-conference player to that spot.

"We knew he had the ability to run, and most importantly, he had the respect of his peers," he said. "It was kind of an easy decision."

Even after Marra's departure, Remick's play-calling duties this season were in question. Many expected rising freshman Will Grier, a Football University Youth All-American last season, to move up from JV and take over the SouthLake quarterback job.

"I was excited to have Will as our quarterback because he's a good player," said Remick. "I just wanted to play some football."

But when Grier followed his father and former SouthLake offensive coordinator Chad Grier to start up the Davidson Day football program in the spring, Remick knew what position he'd be playing this season.

Landis said Remick still needed to learn a lot about the quarterback position, especially how to read opposing defenses, in order to excel. Landis said the 17-year-old is coming along and is making better decisions on the field.

"He's starting to recognize what secondaries are trying to do - even when they're disguised," said Landis.

Remick said that playing quarterback without having much pressure on his shoulders last fall helped him get off the ground. During summer workouts, the 5-foot-9, 175 pounder worked out with the Eagles' offensive coordinator, Geoff O'Donnell, trying to improve.

Remick added that his biggest adjustment has been learning the entire offense instead of just his routes and assignments as a slot receiver or a running back.

"There's a little more responsibility as a quarterback because you have to know where everybody is going," he said.

The one aspect that hasn't changed for Remick is how much effort he puts into the game.

"You're still going 100 percent every play," he said.

Remick will continue to play defense and is even the Eagles' field goal holder.

"I just don't like coming off the field," he said. "I like having something to do with the play."

In the team's opening game against Westminster, Remick was limited to his offensive duties after Landis and his coaching staff decided to limit Remick's time while he healed from an ankle injury he suffered during a scrimmage.

"That bugged him to death," said Landis. "Now that he's almost 100 percent, he'll be on both sides of the ball."

During the Eagles' second game against North Raleigh Christian, Remick had a strong outing on both offense and defense, playing linebacker and safety. He scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion on his way to rushing for 120 yards and passing for 110 yards against the Knights. He also added three tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown.

Friday, Remick had another standout game, passing for three touchdowns and rushing for another one during SouthLake's 46-3 win against Wake Christian.

Landis said Remick has been able to excel at so many roles because of his football savvy.

"He's one of the better athletes I've ever coached," said Landis. "He has good speed, and even though he's not big, he'll hit anybody hard."

Landis said Remick, who has been at the SouthLake since elementary school, has achieved a lot of success in sports over the years.

Remick has been the Eagles' starting catcher since eighth grade and made the varsity team as a free safety his freshman season.

"That's very unique," said Landis. "Eighth-graders never start on the baseball team, and there's been maybe two ninth-graders start on varsity football."

Remick, who hopes to play baseball collegiately, has also achieved on the wrestling mat, where he competes at the 160-pound division.

He said he enjoys being able to play all of these sports.

"Playing all three makes me feel like I can expand myself," said Remick. "They require different attitudes, and I enjoy all of it."