Scholar Athlete of the Week - Austin Livingston

COTTONDALE, Fla, - Austin Livingston is a senior at Cottondale High School. He started playing football when he was in 7th grade, and since then, the story has written itself.

"Just the physicality, and I love just being around with the people, people I love, being close with the family," Livingston says.

A family that feels the love.

Austin is also a captain, leading the Hornets by example, which he says means...

"Trying to do every rep to the best ability possible, giving the most effort, and trying to be the first in everything you do," he explains.

"There's not one thing that he thinks he's too big for, whether it's sweeping the locker room, helping clean up, helping paint the field,” Cottondale Head Coach Tyler Addison says, “Whatever needs to be done, he's not above it."

On top of his athletic commitments, Austin is dual-enrolled at Chipola College, where he's taking three classes.

"You go to school at Cottondale, then you just ride to Chipola and come back in time for practice," he explains.

"It takes a certain level of maturity, and he's got it," Coach Addison adds.

This discipline is something that he gets from his mother, who he calls his role model.

"She makes sure I'm on top of all my grades, and she wants me to do the best I can at everything I do."

Austin doesn't know where he's going to college, but does know he would like to try to play football. Career-wise, he wants to stay near the game and coach one day.

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