Boyle County's Record is Lineman of the Year

November 23, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

There's only one thing stopping Brandon Record from being as highly recruited as any other lineman Boyle County has ever had.

"He's right there with any of them as far as being a football player. The only thing he doesn't have that some others have had is size," said Boyle coach Chuck Smith. "If he had a little more size, he would be one of the most recruited players we've ever had. He has good feet, he uses his hands well, he's the strongest kid on the team. He's just a great player."

Rival coaches obviously agree because Record has been voted The Advocate-Messenger Area Lineman of the Year.

He's the third straight Boyle player to win the award as Lance Mertz won in 2002 and Ian Young in 2003.

The Rebels also had three previous linemen sign Division I scholarships - Bobby Leffew, Travis Leffew and Brodie Overstreet.

"He's really improved from his sophomore year," Boyle assistant coach Chris Mason said. "He's so much stronger now. On offense, the keeps the right side of the line straight. He does a lot of communicating and makes our line calls. He doesn't say much, but he leads by example."


Record, a two-way starter, never thought of not being a football player. His four uncles all played football for Boyle as did his father, Bobby.

"I really had no choice but to play. My mother really didn't want me to, but I love it. Football is just in my blood," Record said.

Thirty-seven solo tackles

He's been one of Boyle's best defensive players this year. He has 37 solo tackles and 35 assists. He leads the team with 20 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks going into Friday's Class AAA semifinal game here against Hopkinsville.

He'll run the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds and bench presses 290 pounds. However, he's only 6-1 and weighs just 235 pounds.

"I am not really that tall or big, but I try to do my best and make plays," Record said. "I am never going to be satisfied with anything I do. You can't be. If you are, then you are pretty much done as a player and team."

Record says he prefers playing defense because he has "a feel for the ball and knows where to be." Smith says that's because he's a smart player.

"He not only has a nose for the football, but he reads blocks well," the Boyle coach said. "He's been able to pretty much control the middle because of his smart, aggressive, tough play. He's very difficult to block. The only negative I have on him is that he's not a great practice player. He's a lot better in games than he is at practice."

Mason thinks Record is equally good on both sides of the ball.

"He will go down the field to block," Mason said. "He takes a lot of pride in his downfield blocking. If he gets out there one-on-one with a safety, most of the time he's going to win that battle and he likes that. He moves really well, but he also blocks well at the point of attack."

Credits Mason

Record credits Mason with improving his blocking.

"The line is all I've ever played, but coach Mason has really developed my talent, especially on offense," Record said. "This year I knew I had to be more of a leader because we had some new guys playing. I had to show them what it takes to win.

"When we lost a couple of games early, I knew we couldn't give up. Our coaches broke down everything we did wrong and helped us become a better team."

Record has been on three straight state championship teams. He wants to add a fourth state title and then find a college where he can play next year.

"I am hoping to get a scholarship wherever I can. I just want a chance to play in college," Record said.

Smith has no doubts that Record will be playing in college next year.

"He will get his chance to play college football," Smith said. "I don't know what level it will be because everyone is so much into size any more. Today's Division I linemen are 6-3, 275 pounds at the least.

"He's not that big, but he has great technique. He's smart. Fundamentally, he's up there with Brodie and Travis. He just doesn't have their size, but he makes plays and to me, that's what football is all about."

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