PLAYER OF THE YEAR SIT-DOWN INTERVIEW
ABOVE VIDEO: Space Coast Daily/Friday Night Locker Room’s 2021 Player of the Year Brady Denaburg sat down with Space Coast Daily’s Jordan Rocco to discuss his recent signing to Syracuse University, the 2021 Merritt Island football season, and much more. EDITOR’S NOTE: Special thanks to photographer Jay Beardall for capturing the stunning imagery on the historic 2021 Merritt Island Mustangs season.
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Space Coast Daily/Friday Night Locker Room’s 2021 Player of the Year Brady Denaburg sat down with Space Coast Daily’s Jordan Rocco to discuss his recent signing to Syracuse University, the 2021 Merritt Island football season, and much more.
Denaburg, a star quarterback and kicker for Merritt Island High School, led the Mustangs to the state finals game last season. In leading the Mustangs to a 13-2 record, he passed for 3,220 yards and 30 touchdowns.
As a placekicker, he was prolific. He posted a perfect 44 of 44 extra points and hit on 19 of 26 on field goals, the fourth-most in the nation, with the longest one being 57 yards. Denaburg finished second in total points scored in Florida with 218.
Denaburg signed to play football at Syracuse University as a Kicker. The Orange finished 2-6 in 2021 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Former Cocoa football wide receiver Isaiah Jones currently plays for the Syracuse Orange.
There was not much Brady Denaburg did not do on the football field this year. He was the starting quarterback, placekicker, punter, and team captain.
But, most of all, he was a leader. The Mustangs did not lose to a team from the state of Florida during the regular season. Their only loss was to Cairo, Georgia during week 5. A big part of this record was the play of Denaburg.
Some of the memorable key plays Denaburg made this season occurred in the state semifinal game against Sebring.
With the Mustangs down 10-9 late in the 4th quarter, Denaburg delivered when it mattered most. With two minutes and twenty-five seconds left in the game, the Mustangs were facing a 3rd and 25 from their own 25-yard line.
On an outstanding run, Denaburg dodged multiple Sebring players to pick up 15 yards for a manageable 4th and 10.
The very next play, he eluded two defensive players to connect with his receiver, picking up 11 yards for a 1st down.
The most memorable moment was “The Kick.”
With 48 seconds left in the state semifinal game, Denaburg calmly stepped up and kicked a 43-yard field goal that sent the Mustangs to the state championship for the first time in over 40 years.
Denaburg’s calm demeanor and his incredible play in key moments this season makes him the FNLR/SCD Player of the Year.
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