has waited several years for his opportunity, and now the time has arrived for the junior to be the starting center for Southern Miss
Quattrochi played in 12 games last season, and showed his versitility by being able to move around to several positions. He also made three starts.
With the departed Cameron Zipp, the job is all his. He talked about the energy and pep at practice today.
"Everyone is thinking about Louisiana Tech now, we are very locked in," he said. "We are just ready to hit someone else. Everyone is tired of hitting our own guys."
The offensive line is only replacing one starter, and has developed a nice chemistry from the spring into the fall.
"I feel like we have come a long way since the beginning of spring," he said. "There is always stuff we need to work on, but we are coming together as a group. There is some great chemistry on this line and we work really well together."
Cameron Zipp was instrumental in Quattrochi's development.
"Sitting behind him for three years, watching they way he worked, and how he led this offensive line has really helped me," he said. "I feel like I am really prepared because I have seen him do it the right way for so many years."
He is impressed with what they will be seeing Saturday from the Bulldogs.
"They are a good defensive line," he added. "They are physical, stick to what they do and they are going to play with a lot of energy."
The late start throws a twist for both teams, and Quattrochi talked about how he plans to spend the day preparing.
"The coaches try not to talk about it," he said. "I think we will sleep in a little later, and get some more down time in the afternoon before we head over to Eagle Walk."
Finally, Quattrochi wanted to credit Coach Kap for being instrumental in his development.
"He has gotten me to where I am right now," he said. "He never ever lets me take a day off, he is always pushing us. He is just a great coach and he is always there for us. He has made me into a much better player."
The Eagles have practice tomorrow as game preparations continue to be made.
The Eagles went through an afternoon practice as they continue to prepare for the opener with Louisiana Tech Saturday night. After practice today, we caught up with center Austin Quattrochi to talk about the offensive line and the team's preparation for Saturday's game.
GoldenEaglePride.com talked with Southern Miss center Austin Quattrochi after practice Tuesday