Each Monday, the Covington News sports team will select an athlete from any sport to feature for our “Three Questions” Monday Rewind. This week we chat with Newton two-sport star Khalil Wilcox.
COVINGTON, Ga. — A fresh wind of optimism got behind the sails of Newton safety Khalil Wilcox, thanks to the combination of his Friday night performance against Arabia Mountain where he picked off two passes, taking one back for a touchdown, and his unofficial visit to South Florida the next day as the Bulls knocked off Georgia Tech in a high-scoring affair.
In our “Three Questions” Monday Rewind player feature, Wilcox shares his thoughts on his big game Friday and his journey to USF.
CovNewsSports: “It was a busy weekend for you, Khalil. Let’s start with Saturday. How was that visit to USF?
WILCOX: “It was great. The atmosphere was warming as expected. I love the Floridian field swag out there, and just how each player carries themselves.”
CNS: Now when you say, ‘Floridian Field Swag,’ what exactly does that mean?
WILCOX: “That’s when the passion of an individual is displayed through his demeanor. That’s what I’m referring to. It’s that, ‘I’m going to be all in your head in between whistles, and you are not going to be able to stop me.’ That level of passion is very exciting.”
CNS: Speaking of on-the-field swag, you had a lot to stick your chest out about Friday night. Tell me how good it felt to have that kind of performance against Arabia Mountain?
WILCOX: “It felt awesome to have a great defensive game, especially with the talent around the state now. Scoring on defense just might be the best feeling in football. IT’s one thing to have your offense score, but when your defense contributes, that’s when you know you are doing something right. Shoutout to (junior cornerback) DeJuan Brown for also having his own pick six. Me and Dejuan have the type of chemistry that we push each other to new heights to chase perfection in all aspects.
“I had a few opportunities to get at least two more interceptions, but I dropped one and the other I was tasked with the difficulty of catching it with one hand while the receiver held my other hand. But all in all, it was a great night.”