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Seiber prepares for senior football season

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By Robby O'Daniel

When Campbell County senior middle linebacker Daymon Seiber is talking with his father, Jamie, the conversation, Daymon says, is often about football.

“It’s probably 90% of the time we’re around each other,” Daymon said. “It’s always something about football, whether we’re watching college football on Saturdays or we’re talking about a high school football game the next morning. He’s always talking with me.”

Daymon’s dad, Jamie, is an avid Chicago Bears fan, though he is not from the Chicago area, Daymon said.

“He’s always pushed me to be my best in sports, mostly football,” Daymon said. “That’s his favorite sport, obviously, and he’s probably the biggest reason I still play today.”

Jamie loves legendary Bears running back Walter Payton, Daymon said, and he always has plenty of praise for his son’s play.

“He made me grow up on football, and I’ve loved it ever since,” Daymon said.

For Daymon, the football journey began with playing in a rec league in Rocky Top at just 4 years old. From there, he played all three years at Jacksboro Middle School and is entering his fourth season of playing the game at Campbell County High School, he said.

“The most important part, staying in the weight room, you live in the weight room, and you’ll be just fine on the field,” he said. “And take coaching, they’ve got a great coaching staff [at CCHS]. They know what they’re doing. You’ve got to listen to them, and then that’s how you develop as a player. They know what they’re going to do with you up there, and you’ve just got to play your role — whatever role that is — and just develop.”

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound middle linebacker talked about how he approaches the position.

“Just to play my keys and stay disciplined and more run support, the way we play our defense, and drop back in the pass some, but mostly stay disciplined,” he said.

Often Daymon is with CCHS assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Matt Price as Price talks with the middle linebackers and breaks down film, Daymon said.

The rising senior says Price has a strong football mind.

“He’s a great coach, and he’s always pushing every single player to be the best,” Daymon said. “Whether you’re a senior or a freshman, he’s always going to make sure that you’re going to maximize your potential. Like I said, they know what they’re doing up there. They’ve run a great program for years, so it’s an honor to be coached by them.”

There are great crowds for home football games on The Hill on Friday nights, Daymon said.

“It’s a blessing to have people, little kids looking up to you, saying they want to be just like you, play high school football,” Daymon said. “It’s just a great feeling to be out there and to be able to represent my community. … I take it very seriously. Like I said, I’m just blessed to be in that position, and I’m sad it’s going to be over in a year. But I’m going to make the most of it.”

He had 51 tackles and two tackles for loss in 2018, according to Matt Price.

Daymon most looks forward to the Oak Ridge game this season.

“Obviously Javan [McCulley], he’s been showing out for years now, and we’ve got some young receivers — Makyle [Shepard], Cahron [Williams] — they both love football,” Daymon said. “They love staying in the game. We’ve got Devlin [Dukes]. Get him healthy, he’s going to be a great football player. We’ve got a good offensive line, some mean guys up there, so we’ve got a lot of people all around.”

Daymon said he would not wish to take the field for any other high school football program.

“I think we’ve got some young guys that play some great football, and we’ve got some returning guys, like Javan, he’s going to be a great asset to our team,” Daymon said. “And I think we’re looking solid, and I think, I’m excited for this year.”