Student-Athlete of the Week - L.A. Briley

By: Kristi Fulkerson Email
By: Kristi Fulkerson Email

November 17, 2011

In 36 years as head coach, Craig Gill calls Antonn "L.A." Briley one of his biggest success stories.

"He's a coaches dream," said Gill of his senior captain. "He's a great athlete but he's also a great person. I think his character, his work habits, enable him to be successful. You don't hear a lot about him but that's because he's doing his job."

Briley plays several key roles for the Knights this football season; he's a kick and punt returner, wide receiver, defensive back, and one of the team's backup quarterbacks.

"Anything that coach wants me to do I'll go out and do it 100%...%150 percent actually. I take it with pride because my teammates know what I'm capable of doing so I just gotta go out and make them proud and play to the best of my ability."

L.A. also excels in school, calling math his favorite subject. The senior ranks 21 out of 131 students in his class and spends time sharing the importance of academics to the students at Dillwyn Primary.

"I walked into the school and all the little kids knew my name so that was a good feeling there...and having a chance to talk to them, they actually sat there, sat up straight and paid attention to every word I said. It was a pretty good feeling knowing I could give some of my information and knowledge to them."

L.A. is also a standout basketball and track star for Buckingham. He was the regional long jump champion in 2010 and plans to make a college career of both track and football.

The No. 5 Knights (9-2) are still alive in Group A playoffs and travel to King William (11-0) Friday night for the second round of action. A win would set up a rematch with top seed Goochland.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 133933763