Credit: Ashleigh Mock
Weddington junior Alec Mock doesn’t necessarily stand out in a crowd. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Mock possesses good, but not great size for a linebacker. However, he has a knack for being around the ball.
The leader of the Weddington defense made 146 tackles as a sophomore and is off to a furious start in 2018. The Warriors were off last week but in a Week 1 win over Ardrey Kell, Mock made 17 stops to lead the team.
Mock takes pride in his ability to play all over the field so this offseason, he worked on two skills that help him do that.
“Strength and speed were the top two things I worked on this offseason,” Mock said. “ Both of those help me to get off blocks faster and make plays sideline to sideline.”
Mock is a true middle linebacker in a time when most schools only play out of the nickel package. In order to consistently play the 4-3, a team has to have three athletic linebackers that can play in coverage and a MIKE linebacker that can read and diagnose plays. Not only can Mock do all of that but he also has the quickness to attack downhill and make plays in the running game.
But while Mock feels most comfortable anchoring the defense from the middle of the field, that’s not the only position from which he can impact a game. Mock has played as an edge rusher, at the WILL and SAM linebacker sports and even occasionally as a down linebacker. A workhorse that rarely comes off the field, Mock is the perfect leader of another staunch Weddington defense.
Mock is the type of player that is never completely satisfied, always looking for ways to improve. That makes his explanation of his personal goals wholly unsurprising.
“I just want to be better at everything than I was last year,” Mock said. “Pass coverage, tackling, whatever, I just want to get better.”
Mock was All-Conference last season but that hasn’t made him complacent. An under-the-radar college prospect, Mock has the opportunity to make a name for himself this season.
Still, Mock is more concerned with letting his play on the field speak for itself. If he has another big season though, Mock’s name could be one we hear often at the next level.