Vidalia High School
6-2, 205 lbs, Senior
4.7 seconds in the 40
Vidalia’s Josh Sasser is a multi-sport athlete. His experience in other sports will carry over to help him be a better quarterback in his senior season.
Last spring he was a key member of the AA State Championship baseball team. The right fielder had key home runs in the championship series helped the Indians take home the title, “I think it will carry over to football,” says Sasser. “Everybody’s pretty excited in Vidalia, so it should be a fun year.”
The Indians have won the Region 3-AA title the last two years... compiling 10-2 and 11-1 records. Last season, they reached the second round of the playoffs only to lose at home to Early County in a heart breaker 15-13.
It was a fun year in 2002 for the Indians as they went deep into the playoffs. They lost the WTOC Offensive Player of the Year, Ken Middleton, who is now at Georgia Southern, but they return a lot of the key players off that team, including Sasser who enjoyed a good season throwing the ball, passing for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns with only one interception before the final game. He had 3 passes picked off by Early County but he was under a lot of pressure from the defense during that game. “It was pretty easy,” says Sasser. We had a star running back and all. We
had five fast receivers. They got open and I got them the ball.”
That’s a pretty simple way to look at the Indians’ offense. But that was last year. Sasser says this year will be different, “We have a brand new offense that’s going to help us out. A lot of misdirection, some good linemen coming up, we’re going to be pretty good. We‘ll do a bunch of rollout because it‘s the Wing-T. That will give us a lot of misdirection and timing patterns (on the passes).”
Sasser has a particular type of play he really likes to run, “I just like faking,” he says. “(I like) carrying out my fakes and letting everybody think the running back has the ball, (then) rolling out with the ball on my hip and hitting the receiver as soon as he gets open.”
Coach Sid Fritts agrees with that, “He has the ability to make plays when there’s not any play there,” says Fritts. “The kids believe in him. They have for a long time. He has that aura about him.
Since Fritts arrived in Vidalia in 2000, the Indians have returned to the elite status in the region. Sasser gives him a lot of the credit, “He brought a new weightlifting program in which is getting a lot of people stronger, especially the linemen, so we can run the ball a lot... because we can.”
Being a baseball and football star gives Sasser a unique perspective on the two games. Baseball is a great test of multiple individual skills, but football is the ultimate team game in which all 11 players have to work as a unit, “That makes it more fun,” says Sasser. “That tests out your ability to see if you can make the play when somebody messes up.” And Sasser is the type of quarterback whose talents may be best suited to when the play is breaking down.
As for his future after Vidalia High School, Sasser would like to go to school that will allow him to play both football and baseball. He has heard from schools like Florida in football and Georgia Southern in baseball, but he hasn't thought seriously about any of them, yet, “I'd like to do both.”