Players to Watch: Combs
11 months ago Andrew Luberda 0
During the past few weeks I’ve visited five schools, including Combs to preview the upcoming football season. In addition to interviewing players and coaches, I aim to identify who might be some of the top players on each team. Here’s a look at five Coyotes to watch under the Friday Night Lights.
Nick Howland (Sr), Defensive Back/Wide Receiver – 6’0” 168
Howland is the biggest game-changing type player on the Coyotes, and that’s truest on the defensive side of ball. New head coach Travis Miller told me Howland is also dangerous as a kick returner, leaving only the offensive side of the ball where this two-way player can catch a breather. The Yotes’ depth at the receiver position helps in that regard. Howland is also being counted to bring leadership as one of the most experienced players on the team.
Elijah Nelson (Sr), Running Back/Defensive Back – 5’8” 151
Nelson played sparingly as a junior, but he’s going to have the opportunity to be the guy in the Yotes’ offensive backfield. In two varsity games last season, he had two receptions for 18 yards and 26 return yards. He’s one of more than 20 seniors on the roster who will lead the Yotes as they aim to improve on last year’s 2 – 8 record.
Jordan Reaser (Sr), Nose Tackle – 6’1” 295
Count Reaser as another game-changing type player on the Coyotes’ defense. He is senior who also played sparingly as a junior, appearing in nine games with 16 tackles, including two tackles-for-loss. He’ll be a part of an active defensive line, which is an area of strength for the Yotes in 2017, especially on a defensive unit that’s expected to lead the team to more victories.
Tahro Hasty (Sr), Defensive End – 5’11” 182
Hasty is one of the more experienced players on the Yotes’ defense and figures to be one of their most dominant this season. He finished second on the team last season with three sacks in addition to 29 tackles. He’s another athletic member of the defensive line that can help keep the linebackers clean and put pressure on the quarterback.
Zeke Sanchez (Sr), Middle Linebacker/Guard – 5’9” 199
Sanchez is the Coyote’s leading returning tackler from a year ago, when he finished third on the team with 57 tackles, including three tackles-for-loss and two sacks. Since he’s playing the most important position on most defenses, Sanchez will be counted on to be the most dominant player on that side of the ball. Considering the amount of senior talent the Yotes’ possess, it shouldn’t out of the question to expect Sanchez to put up even better numbers in 2017.