Athlete of the Week: Vaughn Scusa, Legacy Charter football

Despite just one season of football Legacy's Vaughn Scusa starred for the Eagles and is now headed to play in college.

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After just one season of playing football — he played soccer for most of his life — Legacy Charter football’s Vaughn Scusa became a two-way star for the Eagles in his first and last season of high school football. 

Despite the limited experience on the gridiron, the free safety and wide receiver showed enough to earn himself a spot on the Berry College football roster. Scusa announced his commitment to the five-time Southern Athletic Association champions on his social media.

The Basics

Age: 17

Sport: Football

Grade: 2024

School: Legacy Charter

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How does it feel to be named Athlete of the Week? 

It is very exciting, and I feel very honored to receive this. Thank you for the opportunity!

What do you like the most about playing football?

I like the physicality it takes and how it grows your body and mind together.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from football? 

It is important to not take anything for granted. I tore my ACL in the fifth game of this past season, but God has blessed me with another chance to play in college.

Who is your favorite football player and why? 

Tyreek Hill (because of) his explosiveness and speed.

Favorite football memory? 

Rainy practices.

What is your go-to pregame meal? 

Chicken and potatoes.

What’s your go-to pregame hype song? 

“California Girls.”

What is your favorite non-football hobby? 

Dirt bike racing.

What is your favorite subject in school? 

Math, because I like to problem-solve.

What are three things you would take with you to a deserted island? 

A friend, water and a football. If I’m going to die, I want to have fun first.

What is your favorite movie? 

The Harry Potter (movies), because I used to watch them with my sister, so it is very nostalgic for me.

If you could have dinner with one person — dead or alive — who would it be?

Kevin Hart, because it would be a funny couple of hours. 

If you could go back in time to a specific period in history, when and where would you go? 

I would go back to 2010. I feel like it was a relatively peaceful time, but maybe that was just because I was younger and less aware.

Looking back, what piece of advice would you give your younger self? 

Spend more time doing what I love.

If you could ask your future self a question, what would it be? 

What would you do differently?

Who is your favorite superhero? 

Thor, because he seems like a pretty cool dude.

Who is your favorite supervillain? 

Loki, because he is really funny and smart.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? 

Flying, because I could travel anywhere.

If you could travel to three places in the world, where would you go? 

Tokyo and Dubai, because I want to see and experience those cities. Hawaii, because it looks really pretty. 

If you could be an animal for a day, which one would you be? 

A bird, because I want to fly.

What is your most controversial food take? 

Popcorn is disgusting.

Does pineapple belong on pizza? 

Absolutely NOT.

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Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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