Taybor Vetter was one of the top return specialists in the smaller classifications of Kansas last fall as a sophomore for Rock Creek High School. Vetter made the move right before the season to transfer to nearby Wamego High School where he will look to be an immediate impact player in 3A this season once again.
Vetter did a little bit of everything last fall as a sophomore in which he racked up 1,420 all-purpose yards with 12 total touchdowns. Where he really shined was as a return guy where he had 211 kickoff return yards and another 160 yards on punt returns for two touchdowns. He had a 99-yard return for a touchdown one season ago. Vetter had 855 yards rushing and also passed for 109 with two passing touchdowns. He also stepped up at corner back with 29 tackles in 2017. While he figures to be the running back and return guy for Wamego this year, there’s not much he can’t do.
The 5-foot-9, 150-pounder isn’t the biggest guy but he has some quickness and is very versatile. If the name Vetter sounds familiar that’s because there has been a lot of success with that name whether at Rock Creek recently with Taybor and his second oldest brother, Bailey, or his oldest brother, Peyton, at Beloit. Peyton was an all-state defensive back and quarterback that helped lead Beloit to a runner-up finish in 2013, while Bailey was an all-state basketball player at both Beloit and Rock Creek, when the family moved a few short years back. Taybor also has a twin sister Tabitha (Tabi), who will play volleyball, basketball and track this year at Wamego.
While Vetter is new to Wamego this season so is his new head coach, Weston Moody. Moody comes from Manhattan High School where he served as the defensive coordinator to take over last years head coach Lee Weber, now head coach at Rose Hill. The Red Raiders, who play in the North Central Kansas League, return just three starters on offense and two on defense.
We caught up with the junior utility player below in the latest edition of Faces in Kansas.
This feature is presented by Steel and Pipe Supply, proud to support Taybor Vetter. Best of luck in 2018!
How did you get involved in football?
My family is very sports oriented and we all love football. I went to all my brother’s games and couldn’t wait until I was old enough to play. My buddies and I have been playing since we were little kids.
What are your goals this season?
I am always working to improve my speed, agility and being a great teammate. My goal is to have team success and be a two time All State Player.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
Yes, I think we have a lot of talented athletes and believe Coach Moody will lead us there.
What makes you such a force as a player?
What makes me such a force as a player is how quick and shifty I am on the field. I also have the drive and determination to never quit. I take no plays off.
What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?
In the past it has been a highlight to run onto the field at the start of the game carrying the American Flag. I like the loud crowd, music and my teammates getting pumped.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
I am quick, shifty and can make big plays on the field.
Who are other key players on your team?
I’m looking forward to playing with Ty Cooper, Adler Pierson and Nathan Dodge.
Favorite thing about football?
My favorite thing about football is how hype it is, making big plays, hitting, and playing with my best friends.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that?
I play varsity basketball and enjoy going to the KSU Rec for pick up games. I also participate in track. My favorite events are the relays and long jump.
What is it like to play for your coach?
I’ve heard a lot of great things about Coach Moody. I’m really looking forward to his direction and vision for me as a player and us as a team.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better and plans to get better this summer?
We lift in the mornings as a team. I also do agility drills and run 40’s on the football field.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I’d like to play college football and look forward to the recruiting process.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
My favorite thing to do when I’m not playing sports is to meet up and hangout with friends.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I hope to have a successful career and look back at high school football as some of the best times in my life.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
My favorite subject is Chemistry. My GPA is 3.7
Who is your role model?
My role model is my brother Payton Vetter. Growing up I went to all of his games and watched him play high school and college football. I saw how hard he worked and how many extra hours he put in at the field and the weight room. I could see how much he loved the game and he’s really inspired me.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
Qdoba is my favorite place to eat in Manhattan.
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
The average person wouldn’t know I have a twin sister.
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