Coast Union freshman running back Quang Trieu always hoped to play on the same football team as his older brother, senior Binh Trieu, and this year he got his wish.
Although he has an enormous challenge before becoming as proficient as Binh — who despite an injured ankle gained an impressive 1,120 yards in 2014, running from scrimmage and returning punts and kickoffs — Quang has the passion and plenty of time.
In fact, Quang is so laser focused on his goal of filling his brother’s shoes at Coast Union, he’s decided not to go out for soccer so he can concentrate on building up his 130-pound body in the weight room and putting in the running “to train for football next year.”
Quang and Binh were interviewed on campus Monday afternoon, Nov. 10, and Quang was asked whether he feels any pressure to become as prolific as his brother.
“I’ve heard people saying that and that’s why I’m training, to be as fast as my brother,” he said.
Binh admitted that his ankle — injured in the second game of the season, against Kings Christian — “hurt pretty bad” in the final game, Oct. 31 against Cuyama Valley High School. “But I kept thinking to myself, ‘It is the last game. I can’t quit now.’ ”
He didn’t quit. He gained 133 yards on 26 carries and scored a touchdown.
When Quang got his first chance to play, against Valley Christian (a team the Broncos defeated handily), he said he was “a little nervous because all the other players were bigger than me. But I was happy,” he added, even though he fumbled the football.
Asked what he might have been able to accomplish if his ankle had been healthy all season, Binh mentioned the game against Riverdale, which Coast Union lost 28-21. “I think we could have beat Riverdale. We were down by one touchdown, and I dropped a lateral pass. If my ankle had been good, I could have done much better.”
After graduation, Binh plans to attend Cal Poly and major in engineering. He knows he doesn’t have the size to play Division 1-AA football, but he intends to try out for the Poly soccer team. Binh also plans to keep a close eye on his little brother next season, helping the young Bronco achieve his dream of becoming a dynamic, productive football player like his big brother.