"If you are looking for the all-american boy, that is Dalton Hudspeth."
Those are the word's of Louisville theatre teacher Julie Etua, but opponents of the Wildcat football team would certainly have a different take. Hudspeth was part of an elite group of receivers that guided Louisville to a perfect 16-0 season and the 3A state championship.
"That's something that you dream about ever since you were a little kid," said Hudspeth. "I mean, you can't replace going undefeated and winning the ring."
Though he calls his fellow receivers more athletic, Hudspeth is only being modest, because when he's not catching passes, he's the cather for his school's baseball team.
He'll play for ICC next Spring.
"He exemplifies what every coach would want in a catcher, not only mentally but physically also," said Louisville baseball coach Charlie Smith. "He's an outstanding hitter."
But during his time at Louisville, Dalton discovered he had another talent: acting.
"I taught him in acting, and he took to it like a fish to water," said Etua. "He's very popular with all the other kids. And as we were doing plays in theatre class, they loved him. Everybody wanted to be his partner, because he's so good and he's very sensitve to the other kids."
Dalton told us he competed in several competition plays outside of class, so we asked him: Which made him more nervous? Football or theatre?
Theatre... because in theatre, there's so much more thinking that's got to go on. And you've got to make sure you do everything exactly right. In football, you're not the only person that's being looked at," said Hudsepth.
"Before theatre competitions, I've been far more nervous than I was before any football game."