#MeetTheHustle - JP Burns

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What do you do outside of Ultimate?  I work for Aquascape Environmental. My work is just like landscaping except most of our work is done in kayaks. 

Name a recent book, movie, tv show, or video game you enjoyed. It, the book, is a wild ride. 

How/why did you start playing Ultimate? I started playing my senior year of high school at Brookwood and then it became a lifestyle in college (KSU).

What other sports did you play? I was nicknamed "quarterback killer" in third grade football. No biggie. My high school (Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology) didn't have sports.  Ultimate is my best sport by far. I can't dribble a basketball or a soccer ball well, but ultimate doesn't require you to run and do finesse things at the same time. 

What player is your idol/mentor/inspiration and why? My coaches when I first started at KSU: Colin Bellair and Frank Wooten. I owe most of my development as an ultimate player to them. 

What is your superpower -most dangerous throw, cut, defensive skill?  The ol' give and go.

What is your claim to fame?  I skied everybody in Austin last year. 

Who are your favorite athletes/teams? Russell Westbrook. That man hustles every second he's on the court. Cam Newton. His back is so strong he carried Auburn to a national title. Their confidence in themselves is something I strive for. 

Do you have a favorite bad joke? If I had a dollar for every IO flick I've turned over, I'd have a great time at a dollar store.

What would you choose as your "walk up" song? Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis

#MeetTheHustle - Jason Crowe

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What do you do outside of Ultimate? Steam turbine repairs engineer at General Electric

Name a recent book, movie, tv show, or video game you enjoyed. Movies; Seven Samurai, A Fistfull of Dollars

How/why did you start playing Ultimate? College in 2006 at University of Toledo. I'm also a swimmer and triathlete. Ultimate is my best sport but I'd probably be a good long distance runner.

What player is your idol/mentor/inspiration and why? Lebron James, I grew up in Cleveland and have been engaged with his whole career. He is far beyond an amazing athlete, and gives back and is well spoken on a myriad of life topics (at least later career Lebron, lets give youthful Lebron some slack).

What is your superpower -most dangerous throw, cut, defensive skill? Covering pulls and relentlessly hounding handlers in the cup. 

What is your claim to fame? Playing and coaching in Ukraine was quite the experience, and the richness of their community and their passion for the sport that I was able to add to was terrific.

Who are your favorite athletes/teams? Cleveland Cavaliers. The only team in Cleveland not to have been terrible for the past 20 years. 

Do you have a favorite bad joke? A dyslexic man walks into a bra

What would you choose as your "walk up" song?  Funkadelic - Can you Get to That

#MeetTheHustle - Sam Batson

 "Please encourage our followers to respond to my player announcement with their favorite animal gifs. Thank you, love you."

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What do you do outside of Ultimate? I spend most of my time outside of ultimate either playing with strange dogs or forgetting things in the microwave. I'm a student at UGA - Genetics, Avian Biology, Biology. I want to be a veterinarian or work in animal rehabilitation. Or be a firefighter. I work at UGA Veterinary Resource Lab and various large animal vet clinics

Name a recent book, movie, tv show, or video game you enjoyed. Blue Like Jazz is one of those books you should dive into without knowing a thing about it. I didn't read a book for probably 4 years, picked that up and read it 3 times in a week. 

How/why did you start playing Ultimate? I started playing ultimate in 2011 at Brookwood for the ladies. Still playing the long con waiting for that to pan out.

What other sports did you play? I wrestle John Langstaff once a month in our front yard. I've never won once, but I think he's stopped letting me win and actually tries now - that's improvement baby. If I wasn't playing ultimate I probably would have stayed in the Ballroom Performance group at UGA. Waltzing and stuff. 

What player is your idol/mentor/inspiration and why? Sam Little. He's the Kanye West of ultimate, especially since I'm big fan of him pre-graduation. 

What is your role on the Hustle? Someone's gotta tie Sun's cleats - and I'm the Larry Bird of tying cleats

Who are your favorite athletes/teams? Abby Wambach is so clutch. She survives when the pressure is on.

Do you have a favorite bad joke? Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you do criticize them, you're a mile away and have their shoes. 

What would you choose as your "walk up" song? 

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#MeetTheHustle - Devon Rogers

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What do you do outside of Ultimate?  I'm an electrical engineer for Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Name a recent book, movie, tv show, or video game you enjoyed. Psych.  Phenomenal TV show. Even better if you get 80s references.  Unfortunately recently taken off of netflix #RIP

How/why did you start playing Ultimate? I played a little in my Jr/Sr years of high school, but not seriously until my freshman year at Georgia Tech.  I played for my high school's basketball team, but mostly rode the bench.  Once I got to Georgia Tech, I realized I'm way better at ultimate than I ever was at playing ball, and that was that. 

What player is your idol/mentor/inspiration and why? I would probably say Jay Clark.  A little bit of a mentor to me on Tribe for a few years, but more importantly, plays with a certain swagger that I hope to emulate even half of.  Super nice guy too.  

What is your superpower -most dangerous throw, cut, defensive skill? My superpower is being tall, but that's only if you don't consider Canadian citizenship a superpower.  

What is your claim to fame? Once at ACCs, a huck went up to me, and while it was in the air, I had to do a spin move around my defender to get it.  Still have no idea how I caught it.  

And my family is pretty talented...

Who are your favorite athletes/teams? Falcons- gotta root for the home team.
Kyle Korver- my dude started off basically being traded for a copy machine, and now he is closing in on #3 all time Career 3s.  

What would you choose as your "walk up" song? Taylor Swift -22

#MeetTheHustle - Robert Hunt

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What do you do outside of Ultimate? I am pursuing graduate school for a masters of physicians assistant.  I work full time as a medical assistant for a physicians group in Gainesville.  I am a volunteer youth leader at my church.  I sell firewood which I split by hand in what little free time I have.  I coach Ultimate at the University of North Georgia.  

Name a recent book, movie, tv show, or video game you enjoyed. Fortnite.  I am not very good, but it is a fun game

How/why did you start playing Ultimate? My first night at GCSU I saw some people throwing flicks and hammers on the quad.  I fell in love at first sight.  I played pickup and intramurals for 2 years before joining the club team at GCSU where I played for 3 years.   

What other sports did you play? I played football and tennis in high school and was recruited to play DIII football.  I was the captain of the chess club and football team my senior year of high school.  

What is your idol/mentor/inspiration and why? Jesus, he always did the right thing, regardless of how hard it was

What is your superpower -most dangerous throw, cut, defensive skill? I run hard from the moment the pull goes up, until a goal is scored.  As a result, not many people like to guard me. My college teammates nicknames me the workhorse.  

Who are your favorite athletes/teams? Atlanta falcons. JJ Watt- I appreciate how hard he works and how he uses his platform to represent something that he believes is bigger than himself. 

What would you choose as your "walk up" song? Boston - Something About You

#MeetTheHustle - Matt Smith

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What do you do outside of Ultimate? I'm finishing up my Masters in Sport Management at Georgia State in May and as part of the program I'm currently interning with Point3 Basketball. I also work part-time as the Atlanta Flying Disc Club's Executive Director which involves having my hand in a lot of different areas, but most specifically youth development. I'd like to find full time work in the ultimate industry. The ultimate scene is growing rapidly and I don't think is too far away from supporting people who want to make their living in the disc realm.


Name a recent book, movie, tv show, or video game you enjoyed. With the recent GE talks and as part of a leadership class at GSU I read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg which I found insightful. She gives practical advice to both women seeking professional success and for men who want to better support the women in their lives.

How/why did you start playing Ultimate? I started playing ultimate my freshman year at Colby College; have been on the fields ever since.

What other sports did you play?  I played pretty competitive volleyball in high school and if pursuing sport in college had been my number one goal I probably would have gone somewhere for volleyball. That's mostly a factor of the small size of male high school players though. A couple guys who I played with are now on the AVP tour and one was on the last Olympic team; lots of talent coming out of Hawaii.

I was a solid basketball player in high school but nothing amazing. I was second team all-state in my division (Varsity, Division II) though was probably more well known on a small circuit of outdoor courts which you can play at year-round due to the nice weather.

I'm an okay surfer; good enough to be a surf instructor but I never competed in any tournaments or anything like that. I should have competed in some hacky sack tournaments but my best friend and I settled for starting a club in high school.

What player is your idol/mentor/inspiration and why? Loved Dwade for his athleticism, class, and talent. Big LeBron fan because of his willingness to share the ball as a superstar (almost to a fault); he also picks some aspect of his game to improve every summer and has closed all the holes, it's something I try to emulate in ultimate.

What is your superpower -most dangerous throw, cut, defensive skill? I'm slippery downfield. I'm good at jukes and opportunistic cutting and I think I want to win more than most people on the field. I jump really high for my size though it's about average in terms of absolute reach. My inside break is getting sick nasty even at an elite level and I'm a very crafty short range thrower. 

Who are your favorite athletes/teams? Atlanta Hawks, the Hustle and Alleycats, I mostly follow NBA and AUDL at this point -- I'm a homer for the Hawks and have been for about 4-5 years now. I obviously love the Hustle, I like the Alleycats a lot because they have a bunch of great athletes who make sick plays and are generally under-appreciated. Also the only two guys ahead of me for goals in AUDL history are on the Alleycats and I respect the hell out of them for that since I know how tough the grind to get goals can be. John John Florence is the best surfer in the world and is incredible to watch (seriously consider YouTubing some highlights).

What would you choose as your "walk up" song? Iron by Calvin Harris.

#MeetTheHustle - Yusuf Abdullah

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What do you do outside of Ultimate? I'm a full time student majoring in business at Oglethorpe University, and when I'm not studying or coaching Georgia State Ultimate I like to relax and listen to podcasts, play Xbox, or host frat parties. I work at Spin Ultimate in production. You're pretty likely,  if you're in the college ultimate scene,  to catch me working at the spin tent.  

Name a recent book, movie, tv show, or video game you enjoyed. If I have some free time I'm likely to be playing Fifa 18

How/why did you start playing Ultimate? Well I started playing ultimate watching Disney Channel talk about the sport waaaaay back in the day. Then I got the opportunity to try it out a few years later at afdc league. I then started playing junior year in highschool at Parkview and then to ATLiens the next year and the rest is history. I played soccer for majority of my life, and dabbled in other sports like street hockey, tennis, volleyball and golf. The last sport I was really into playing was Basketball. Recently won back to back intramural championships at Ogle! I would say ultimate now is my best sport. I used to be a lot better at basketball but all the time I've committed to getting better at ultimate has been at the expense of my basketball skills. If I wasn't playing ultimate I think I would've tried out for Oglethorpe's team since I play with a couple of the guys on the team in pickup anyway.   

Who are your favorite athletes/teams? Michy Batshuayi!!! He's such an underrated futbol player who plays above what people expect of him and I admire that. He works hard but also plays hard, especially on Twitter. Mad respect for the young guy and easily my favorite player to use in Fifa. Kobe Bryant because his work ethic is insane and his competitive nature is unmatched. Pretty much the goat. Then I love futbol almost as much as ultimate. My two favorite teams are Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund. Chelsea because I've been a fan of them since Fernando Torres went there a couple of years back. Then Borussia Dortmund because they have Marco Reus, and even more importantly my main man, Michy Batshuayi. 

What is your superpower? I think I have a pretty decent mark. With the help of my teammates doing their jobs downfield, the sideline telling me whether the throw is inside or around, and the coaches strategy of what is more dangerous to take away. I think I can be pretty successful at not getting broken. It's not the same thing as getting a handbook but I think it's still important because it doesn't allow the other team to hit their most dangerous options. 

What would you choose as your "walk up" song?  Batman by Jaden Smith

#MeetTheHustle - Tyler French

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What do you do outside of Ultimate? I do a lot of homework, work part time, and sleep very little. I go to Georgia Tech and study Electrical Engineering with a minor in Applied Physics. I hope to work in quantum computing. I will be working at Georgia Tech Research Institute in the Sensors and Elecromagnetics Applications Lab

Name a recent book, movie, tv show, or video game you enjoyed. The Martian - Andy Weir

How/why did you start playing Ultimate? Used to throw with my parents as a kid. I started playing at Carolina Friends Middle School in 6th Grade. In high school I played for East Chapel Hill and for Triforce.  I ran cross country for the first half of high school and played rec basketball.

What player is your idol/mentor/inspiration and why? Jon Nethercutt because he likes corn, and can throw cool throws

What is your superpower? Spinning a disc on my finger and fixing everyones iPhone screen

What would you choose as your "walk up" song? J. Cole - No Role Modelz.  NC represent

#MeetTheHustle - Mason Cary

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What do you do outside of Ultimate? I play Hearthstone competitively for UGA. I'm also the Communications Director for AFDC Juniors. I'm a 3rd year at UGA studying Management Information Systems (MIS). Not really sure what I want to do yet but something involving consulting or systems development probably. 

Name a recent book, movie, tv show, or video game you enjoyed. I really enjoyed the show Mindhunter. I'm a fan of crime thrillers in general, and the acting and plot in this one is excellent. 

How/why did you start playing Ultimate? I learned about ultimate by going to Paideia Summer Camp going into 8th grade. I really only went to the camp because my friend Stan was going, and I had no idea I would fall in love with the sport. I went to Paideia for HS and played on both the JV and Varsity teams for 4 years, and also played on ATLiens (YCC) the summer going into college. I currently play for Jojah at UGA. I played for Cerberus (Athens club team) the past two summers. I was GA All-State my senior year in HS and on the Southeast Men's All-Freshman team in 2016.

What other sports did you play? The only other sport I've played was Cross Country for 1 year in high school, and I stopped when I realized I was having more fun throwing on the sidelines at meets than actually running.  Ultimate is absolutely my best sport. I probably wouldn't be playing a competitive sport if it wasn't for ultimate. 

What player is your idol/mentor/inspiration and why? Sam Little's work ethic and poise as a leader on and off the field always impressed me when I played with him my freshman year on Jojah. He was the hardest worker on our team and had unflinching mental toughness whenever our team was faced with adversity. Also his around backhand is pretty sweet. 

What is your your superpower -most dangerous throw, cut, defensive skill? Consistent hard clearing - this is a critical skill for any elite offense. 

What is your claim to fame? I scored all of the O-line's points against Emory at Sectionals my freshman year.

Who are your favorite athletes/teams? Atlanta Falcons for team favorite team, and my favorite player would be Julio Jones. He's an insane athlete and one of the best receivers to play the game, and is still amazingly humble about his accomplishments. 

What would you choose as your "walk up" song? The man - Aloe Blacc

#MeetTheHustle - Hunter Cutts

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What do you do outside of ultimate? I'm teaching myself to photosynthesize. So far I haven't made the big breakthrough but I think I'm getting pretty close. Also I've been experimenting with some electrode shock therapy to change my favorite color to purple.....4th Year Ecology Undergrad at UGA; Aspiring beekeeper. "If you love what you do then you never work a day in your life." But yeah, I'm currently unemployed.

Name a recent book, movie, tv show, or video game you enjoyed. I recently got my hands on a copy of "Where's Waldo" written in braille. Really exhilarating stuff. 

How/why did you start playing Ultimate? I was headhunted by Jojah ultimate and stolen from the Ballroom dance group at UGA in 2016. I am entering my 3rd Spring Ultimate season

What other sports did you play? My childhood up through high school was spent playing baseball, but a "serious" athlete? mm no I wouldn't consider myself to be a serious anything. I'm rediscovering my affinity for badminton recently, but I'd have to say that ultimate is firmly number 1 in my heart. 

What player is your idol/mentor/inspiration and why? Someday I want to be able to throw turnovers in as many ways as Parker Bray. But seriously, he's been a great guy to learn from during the last couple years on Jojah. Also I'll throw a shout out to George Summers for his influence and leadership in my fledgling days as an ultimate player. 

What is your your superpower -most dangerous throw, cut, defensive skill? I am a true believer in Matt Knowles' leg swinging butt first approach to dumping and resetting the disc but my passion is D Line. I love getting blocks and that's what I'm here to do.  

What is your claim to fame? Racking up hockey assists by getting the disc to Parker Bray in power position

Who are your favorite athletes/teams? Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves. Keep it close to home. As for my favorite athletes, I appreciate all athletes on an individual level but I only wear one jersey and it's my own.  

What would you choose as your "walk up" song? 

Do you have a favorite bad joke? One guy walked into a bar. The next guy ducked.