Jefferson City football star has FBI aspirations

1 month 3 days 10 hours ago Thursday, September 19 2019 Sep 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:49:00 PM CDT September 19, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
By: Alex Burke, Columbia Missourian and Sania Blu, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY — Growing up with CSI: Miami’s Horatio Caine as a hero, Brandon Backues has hoped to one day pursue a career with the FBI since he was a kid.

Backues, a stalwart on the Jefferson City Jays’ offensive and defensive lines, was captivated by forensics when he started watching CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, NCIS, and other similar shows with his mom.

He enjoyed the action and the inevitable plot twists that would come near the end of every episode, but what really stuck out to him was the exact opposite of what the camera would train the average viewer’s eye to spot: the extras in the background.The concept of helping everyday people and saving lives is what really stuck with him.

While most of his friends all aspired to pursue more traditional careers, Backues has wanted to be an FBI agent for as long as he can remember. When he was around the age of 16, he realized there’s a path forward for him to pursue his childhood dream.

“I have a lot of respect for the police force,” Backues said, “but I want to work with crime on a national level.”

The senior wants to work in the Behavioral Analysis Unit with the FBI where he can study why people commit violent crimes.

Now, football is providing Backues with an opportunity for the talented run-stopper to become a national crime-stopper. His play on the field and work in the classroom has put him in better position to achieve his goals. He’s using Next College Student Athlete, an organization that connects athletes and college coaches, to find somewhere to play football at the next level at a school that has a strong criminology program. The latter is non-negotiable, and although Backues loves playing football, it won’t be his only factor in choosing a college.

On the football field, he’s excelling. After losing a number of critical seniors to graduation, Jays coach Terry Walker said he was looking for playmakers. Backues has been one this season, a reliable asset on both sides of the ball.

As a center on the offensive line, Backues has a lot of responsibility keeping positive synergy with fellow senior Cole Gresham, the Jays’ quarterback, and the rest of the offensive line. On defense, Walker utilizes Backues’ talents wherever they’re most needed on the line: from end, to nose, to tackle.

Backues’ stellar play so far this season is a substantial reason why the Jays have had a solid 2-1 start, including a memorable 700th win in program history over rival Hickman last week.

The senior’s value goes far beyond his physical talent on the football field, however. Walked said Backues is also a natural leader.

When it came time to name this year’s captains, Walker did not have a tough decision. After allowing his players to vote on captains before his first season, Walker came into this season knowing Backues was going to lead by example both on and off the field.

The tornado that hit Jefferson City in May vaulted Backues into a strong leadership role even before the season started, as he stepped up to help his team repair its home stadium and surrounding community.

According to his coach, what sets Backues apart is his emphasis on applying positive pressure to his teammates to do what is right at any given moment. While on the field, that means making sure that his fellow offensive linemen pick up an assignment during a game or practice hard during the week. But it’s also about being a responsible leader in the classroom and off the field.

While Backues can’t wait to get the ball rolling on his path towards working for the FBI, he and the Jays remain focused on a big opponent visiting them this weekend. St. Louis University High School did not put up much resistance to Jefferson City last year, but Walker said SLUH shouldn’t be discounted because of how deep and talented its talent pool is.

Jefferson City will take on SLUH in this week’s Friday Night Fever game. It kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at Jefferson City’s home field.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is traveling across the state this week giving safety presentation to senior citizens.... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 4:56:00 PM CDT October 23, 2019 in News
CAMDENTON - A proposed soccer complex has more than one goal for the city of Osage Beach, but not everyone... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 3:56:00 PM CDT October 23, 2019 in News
FULTON - A Fulton man was arrested this morning on four separate counts after his moped was stopped for a... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 3:52:00 PM CDT October 23, 2019 in News
MONITEAU - Deputies arrested three men in Fortuna during an attempt to locate one person who had active warrants for... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 3:36:00 PM CDT October 23, 2019 in News
FULTON - The Fulton School District is planning a total makeover for all schools within its system. In a... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:17:00 PM CDT October 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City woman has been sentenced in federal court for embezzling more than $65,000 from her... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:49:00 PM CDT October 23, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes planned to throw in practice Wednesday, raising the possibility the reigning league... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:29:00 PM CDT October 23, 2019 in Sports
COLUMBIA – When highways narrow at construction zones, interchanges or other bottlenecks, agencies like MoDOT are continuing to encourage drivers... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:00:00 PM CDT October 23, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Missouri cattle farmer charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder shot two brothers from... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:26:00 PM CDT October 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Frank and Katie Moore celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary Wednesday. The Boone County couple married in 1944 in... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:00:00 PM CDT October 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Democratic Party will host an event on Wednesday night to look for future candidates. ... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 3:41:00 AM CDT October 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - After a local church came under fire for a sermon some felt was transphobic, one local bookstore "talked... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 3:32:00 AM CDT October 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday it used pepper spray at a Lincoln University Homecoming Concert... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 8:23:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
FRANKLIN COUNTY - Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers found a kangaroo Monday night who escaped from his home. Troop... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:53:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY — Neighbors in Eldon are angry that they're finding styrofoam waste in their yards. Multiple properties... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:34:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
SEDALIA - The Sedalia Police Department reported a 17-year-old missing Monday night. Marie McDonald was last seen on Oct.... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:27:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Several mid-Missouri nonprofit organizations said they are experiencing “donor fatigue” after the destruction of the May tornado.... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:12:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
KEYTESVILLE - A judge in Chariton County found Tuesday there is probable cause to send James Pleasant’s case to trail.... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 5:13:00 PM CDT October 22, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 67°
7pm 61°
8pm 59°
9pm 57°
10pm 55°