The Little Caesars Player of the Week – Tanner Mclachlan

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County Line Preps is pleased to have a sponsorship agreement with specific Little Caesars locations in Queen Creek and Coolidge.

Little Caesars, home of the Hot-‘N-Ready pizza, will sponsor the Player of the Week and Player of the Month awards as part of our agreement.

Each week, will announce the Player of the Week, accompanied by a Q&A with that week’s winner.

The Player of the Week will receive a gift certificate, redeemable for a two-liter bottle of soda, a pepperoni or cheese pizza, and an order of Crazy Bread, that will be honored at one of the two aforementioned Little Caesars locations.

Additionally, the Player of the Week automatically qualifies for the Player of the Month Award, which will be determined by a poll that will be posted on our County Line Preps Twitter account during the final week each month.

The Player of the Month will receive a plaque and a $25 Little Caesars gift card.

Now that we’ve provided details of both awards, we are pleased to announce this week’s Little Caesars Player of Week:

Tanner Mclachlan

American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek


6’6 200 – WR/DB

In his first season in the United States since moving from Canada, Mclachlan transitioned quickly to American football. It didn’t take long for the Patriots’ senior to prove he was an impact player, as evidenced by his 15 touchdowns, including a team-high 10 touchdown receptions and four punt returns.

One of Mclachlan’s most impactful plays was also timely. His 65-yard punt return for a touchdown against Yuma Catholic in this year’s state quarterfinal playoff game erased a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter before the Patriots completed the come-from-behind victory to advance in the playoffs.

And let’s not forget his one-handed catch in the semifinal playoff game a week later.

Add it all up and Mclachlan is worthy of being named our Little Caesars Player of the Week, ‘eh?

Mclachlan’s one-handed grab against Casteel in the state playoffs on Nov. 18, 2017. Photo: Andy Silvas.

County Line Preps:  What is the biggest difference between high school football in Canada vs. U.S.?

Tanner Mclachlan:  The biggest difference would have to be the speed of the game. Down here in Arizona, everyone is coached very well and all committed to their football organization. It is also a huge difference playing in the heat of the desert for the whole season instead of playing in snow for three-fourths of the year.

CLP:  You really are a triple-threat player: offense, defense and punt returner. How have you been able to be so dynamic in all three phases?

TM:  Learning American football has been a crazy experience. It’s been a very long process but it’s been completely worth it. My offensive and defensive coordinators, Max Hall and James Verenski, have really invested in me and helped me get to the point where I’m at. So I’m very grateful for the opportunity I had to come down here and be coached by the best coaches in the state of Arizona. I just listen to the coaches and they give me the opportunities to go out there and play my game.

CLP:  What are your plans after graduation?

TM:  After I graduate I plan on playing college football somewhere. I want to major in Business Management.

CLP:  What is your greatest athletic memory at ALA?

TM:  My favorite thing about ALA is how close everyone is. It really is like a bunch of brothers out here playing the sport we all love. I’m grateful for the close knit group that I was able to join and play with and how much the coaches care about us on and off the field. I’ve loved every second I’ve been down here. Every Friday or Saturday on game days I’m reminded of how much I love American football, the spirit and energy at every game is really awesome.

CLP:  What is your favorite sports movie and why?

TM:  Favorite sports movie is definitely Rocky. I just love the fact that dedication to something you love gets you wherever you want to go.

CLP:  Name one person you’d most like to meet and why?

TM:  J.J. Watt. He’s a role model on and off the field, and he dedicated himself to football and got rewarded for it. His hard work paid off. He’s a huge inspiration to me.