Bellevue Christian Vikings junior quarterback Mick Larsen knew he wasn’t going to get much sleep on the eve of his team’s first spring football practice session.
The Vikings, who conducted their first on field workout on June 5, couldn’t wait to get on the field for the first time as a squad since November of 2016.
“I was jittery all night. I couldn’t sleep,” Larsen said on June 5. “I was so excited to be out here with my teammates. It is blood, sweat and tears. You are with your brothers out here. It is the best feeling.”
Larsen, who was the starting quarterback as a junior during the 2016 season, prefers to keep the game simple when he takes the field.
“I just throw the ball and they [receivers] run under it. As a quarterback it can be tough reading defense sometimes but it is just about your receivers out there. They make the plays. If you throw a 3-yard pass, they run it 38 yards and it’s a 41-yard pass. It is really all about them,” Larsen explained.
Vikings’ head coach Todd Green believes Larsen is exactly the kind of player he wants leading the Vikings football program.
“He is careful with the ball and he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. He understands how important it is to not turn the ball over. He is a good captain. He encourages the guys around him and brings out the best in them,” Green said of his signal caller. “He is the type of kid who makes other kids better players. He just plays within himself.”
Recently the Bellevue Reporter had an opportunity to ask Larsen a few questions about his life away from the gridiron.
Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Mick Larsen: “Remember the Titans.” It is just an awesome movie.
BR: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
ML: I want to be in Division-1 college studying business or something like that.
BR: Who is your pick to win the World Series this fall?
ML: The Houston Astros. They got fantastic hitters and a great lineup. I think their starting pitching can get it done.
BR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?
ML: My dad and I go fishing a lot. I love to hang out with my family.
BR: What is your favorite restaurant in Bellevue?
ML: I love all the teriyaki places.
BR: Who was your favorite sports team growing up?
ML: The Washington Huskies (football program). If I can go to two games a season that is fantastic.
BR: What is your dream vacation spot?
ML: I would say probably somewhere where I can go skiing. I like Lake Tahoe and Whistler. That is always fun.