October 3, 2011

Gustafson Gaining Interest

Dallas Jesuit offensive lineman J.J. Gustafson has been involved in the some wild football games in his high school career but nothing like what happened the other night. The 6 foot 6, 250 pound junior and his teammates scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to send their game with Richardson Berkner to overtime and then proceeded to play for four more overtimes before finally winning 42-34.

"We finally sealed the deal" said Gustafson. "In the fourth overtime, we started off with the ball. They all covered Jake so we had an open receiver. We hit John (Berand) for the touchdown and then for the two point conversion we threw a quick pass for our running back Will Brown. He had fumbled in the second overtime so he really redeemed himself. They (Bernker) got to go on offense and on their first play our defensive line pressured him and he threw an interception and the game was over."

If that wasn't enough, Gustafson then made it out to Cowboys Stadium on Saturday to watch Arkansas come from behind and win a wild one with Texas A&M 42-38.

"I liked it" he said. "It was crazy loud but that's how Aggies always are."

Gustafson is a student of the game of football and he was asked if he watched the offensive lines for both teams.

"I did" he said. "Arkansas really got a push going, especially at the end. They just looked physically more dominant. Luke Joeckel for A&M looked great. I love watching young kids play and excel against good competition."

"He (Joeckel) was who I really focused most my attention on. But all of the guys were opening up some nice holes for Gray and Chistine Michael. The pass protection seemed pretty good too."

Gustafson has been getting a lot of attention from college across the country.

Oklahoma and Texas Tech contact me three or four times a week" he said. "I have invitations to games at both of those. TCU, SMU, UCLA, and Houston have invited me to games this year. I've been getting things from Oregon, Alabama, Arizona, Oregon State, and Baylor too. Oregon State stopped by last week and Texas Tech stopped by two weeks before."

This past weekend's A&M-Arkansas game was the second that Gustafson has been to this season.

"I went to TCU versus Louisiana Monroe" he said. "I really liked it. I got to see some kids from camps when I was younger and a guy who I grew up watching play at Jesuit on Friday nights."

Will he go see Oklahoma-Texas this weekend?

"If I can get tickets, maybe" he said. "Otherwise, I will probably go to Baylor".

In the meantime, Jesuit has its biggest game of the season this upcoming Friday night versus regional power Dallas Skyline. The Raiders' speed will be a challenge of a different kind for Gustafson.

"This is our biggest game of the regular season" said Gustafson. "We've watched a little film of them. We have a scouting report bright and early."

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