In his third season as the Central football coach, Steve Schottel has come to a hard-to-accept conclusion. Interscholastic League schools in Kansas City, he says, don't often have players with size to adequately fill out an offensive line.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Central was dealt at least one exception to that rule this season.
Junior Sam Smith brings a big 6-foot-1, 285-pound frame to the Eagles' offensive line searching for improvement over a five-win campaign. Not surprisingly, his teammates, have dubbed him "Big Sam."
"When you see him, you'll know why," Schottel said. "Just look at his hands — his hands are huge. They're bigger than you see in the NFL."
Central plans to utilize Smith in a balanced, pro-style offense, but especially in the running game.
Senior Ollie Todd will be counted on to provide playmaking ability. The team's return specialist, Todd will also see time at running back and wide receiver.
"Our whole football team is very inexperienced — it's a totally new team, with the exception of a couple of guys," Schottel said. "I think the key to our offense is that we have to learn to run multiple sets and rely on different personnel."
Central returns only three starters on defense, but Schottel believes junior defensive end James Tucker possesses college talent. Tucker (6-5, 245) will also see time at tight end.
"This kid's got it," Schottel said. "He's going to have to play big for us because we have a lot of skill guys, but we're still lacking defensive linemen with his size. We have a couple of big guys finally, but we still need more."