Groves High School
6-1, 174 lbs, Senior
4.6 seconds in the 40
Quarterback Sage Glasper of Groves High School is a dangerous football player. He’s dangerous if you play defense against him.
Glasper possesses many weapons. He is an outstanding runner, but his passing is underrated. Like Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Mike Vick, Glasper can beat you either way, “To tell the truth, I really like to run,” says Glasper. “I like to see who can stop me in the backfield. When they come up, I either run or pass the ball. If the play breaks down, I'm going to Vick.”
Coach Karl DeMasi knows he has something special when Glasper is on the field, “Sage has a knack for finding the open holes. You can't teach that. The perfect example of that is the last game at Glynn. I was just trying to get him around the outside,” says DeMasi. “I thought he was (stopped) at the line of scrimmage, next thing I know he’s gone 80-yards. He’s very evasive. When he knows he’s going to be hit, he knows how to get out of it. You can't teach that.”
Glasper has a simple view of the 2003 season for the Rebels, “Basically we’re playing for respect. We’re looking for championships, City, Region, State.”
As a junior, Glasper completed just 31 of 92 passes, but those completions covered 355 yards and 3 touchdowns. The problem for Coach DeMasi was that there were 7 interceptions. Running the ball, Glasper is explosive, scoring 11 touchdowns as a junior. He rushed for 544 yards on 90 attempts, averaging 6.2 yards a carry.
To that end, DeMasi has a simple play for the new season, “We’re just going to let him take the ball and see what happens.” As a junior, Glasper had a great season running the ball, but had way too many interceptions. “Last year was a learning experience,” says DeMasi. I think he'll throw for a lot more touchdowns as well as running for a lot of touchdowns.”
Glasper has spent the off season trying to improve his stamina and improve on the Rebels 5-5 record from 2002, “We had a couple of games where our focus
wasn't enough and it cost us,” says Glasper. “The rest of the games, like Bradwell, we were beaten in the first half. We learned from those mistakes and you're going to see a lot of close games we'll win (this) year.”
Glapser is also an outstanding defensive player. When the game is on the line, Coach DeMasi will put him in at free safety, “I like playing defense in crunch time,” says Glasper.
Next year, Glasper has his eye on playing college football. He’s coy about where he'd like to go play, but the running and throwing ability would make him a natural in the Georgia Southern offense.