Garrett Suggs coaches asked a little more of him this season.
Already a two-time all-conference pick in football (all-state in 2011), he played some offense for Fuquay-Varina in fall.
In spring, Suggs was still going to play center field and pitch for the baseball team. But like most seniors, this year was supposed to be his best yet.
No matter what was asked of him, Suggs excelled. The Tri-9 Conference Player of the Year in baseball ends his career on six all-conference teams (three in baseball, three in football) and as our Male Athlete of the Year.
Its hard to say which sport Suggs is better known for.
He will play baseball at N.C. State next year. He batted .449, was a regular starting pitcher and covered a lot of ground in the outfield for the 4A state runners-up.
In a long and storied history of Fuquay-Varina baseball, Suggs name is first in runs for a career and single season. His name also is ranked high in other categories.
But football is where many first heard his name. As a sophomore, he intercepted eight passes.
As a junior, he picked off seven more.
His coaches trusted him with making the right break on a pass, just as he would a fly ball if playing center field.
Coaches then trusted him to return punts, which meant signaling fair catch but never muffing the kick a real possibility in high school football.
They were in good hands with Suggs.
Then, as a senior, he picked off only a few passes, but achieved the school record.
He tallied 355 yards receiving and one touchdown, both which were second-most for the run-oriented Bengals.
Suggs had individual success, but so did his teams. Fuquay went to the second round each year in football, going 28-9 over those three years, and made it to at least the second round in all three years of baseball, winning 62 games.
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