Athlete Spotlight

Jared Ayvazian, Woodbridge Football

by Tim Burt

Jared Ayvazian, an offensive lineman and linebacker, is one of the leaders of the Woodbridge football team, which is expected to contend for the Pacific Coast League title.

Ayvazian was second team all-league last year. “He’s your prototypical perfect kid as far as effort level, and he’s dialed in to what you want done,” said Woodbridge Coach Rick Gibson. “He’s probably one of the most unselfish kids who I ever coached. He’s now a two-way starter and a very significant player on both sides of the ball for us.”

Here’s what Ayvazian had to say:

How is the season going so far?

For me, it’s going pretty well. I’ve been practicing hard. Leading the team has been something new for me, taking care of all the younger guys, trying to show them the way.

How did you get your start on the gridiron?

I started playing football in the eighth grade. I started as a lineman and linebacker and it’s sort of carried its way through high school. I love the competition on game days and going to practice too, being with a bunch of guys who are all here for the same reasons. And game days, it’s all about the competition, putting all your heart and emotion into everything you’re doing out there.

What are the team goals for this season?

We set our goals really high. We’re (CIF) Division 8 now and we think we have the talent here definitely to win a CIF championship. That’s our goal that we’ve been working for.

How do you balance academics and athletics?

I currently hold a 4.2 (GPA). Academics are a big focus for me; you have to always be on top of everything and make sure you have a game plan. You have to be paying attention in class and go home and make sure you get done what needs to be done.

What is life like off the field?

I love to hang out with friends, go to the beach, and I love to go snowboarding during the winter and play video games sometimes too.

What are your plans after this year?

I would like to play football. I’m also interested in track and field because I’m a discus and shot put thrower.

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