Blue Chip Chat with Brett Brumbaugh, South Fayette

The scoop

A prolific passer, Brumbaugh was the Post-Gazette Player of the Year last season. He threw for a WPIAL single-season record 3,897 yards, breaking the record of 3,726 set by his brother Christian in 2010. Brett completed 260 of 379 attempts and had 41 touchdown passes for a team that went 16-0 and won WPIAL and PIAA Class AA titles. For his career, Brett has completed 426 of 700 for 7,326 yards and 85 touchdowns. He has a good chance of setting WPIAL records for career passing (8,508 yards) and touchdowns (102), both held by Sto-Rox's Lenny Williams. Brumbaugh also plays basketball at South Fayette.

College talk

Although Brumbaugh has eye-opening statistics, he is not being recruited much by Division I-A colleges. Toledo, Temple and Albany (I-AA) have offered scholarships. South Fayette coach Joe Rossi has said it seems many colleges have passed on Brumbaugh because they want a "dual-threat" quarterback. Brumbaugh is not an adept runner. He has run the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds.

Our questions, his answers

High school practices are beginning. Are people already bringing up that WPIAL passing yardage record? It's been mentioned a few times. I think about it every now and then, but at the same time I try to put it in the back of my mind and go out there and win.

Is the record important to you? Part of me really wants to get it, but part of me is just focused on getting wins. I think down the road as I get older and look back, that record will be more important to me then.

Will you guys do a lot of conditioning in practices now? Really, just five to 10 minutes at the end of practice is all we do. We play an up-tempo style with no-huddle [offense] so our practice is up-tempo. Coach [Rossi] says if he sees us going hard at practice, that's our conditioning. Plus, we condition a lot in the summer time.

What is the biggest hole this team has to fill to be successful? I think we just need to fill the senior experience we had last year. We had seven senior starters on each side last year. That will be hard to fill, but at the same time there are kids who, just because they didn't start, doesn't mean they couldn't have been on the field.

You're not that heavily recruited. Does that bother you? At the beginning, it did. ... I talked to Pitt, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, but they all went their different ways. Things happen for a reason. Where I end up is where I'm supposed to end up.

Any pregame traditions? Last year, I would come home and play NCAA Football [video game] and I would always be Texas A&M. But I would just play offense, and not defense.

And finally ...

Did you work this summer? I did. I started in April at Shop 'N Save and then Giant Eagle took it over. I worked the produce department for Shop 'N Save. For Giant Eagle, I ended up being a bagger.

And what did you do in produce? I just stocked produce. I loved it.

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