KENTWOOD, La. (WAFB) - Sportsline Summer Camp started week seven with state champion Kentwood, which is missing 10 seniors, including LSU signee Trey Palmer, a new member of the “DBU” fraternity.
Former linebacker Otis Elzy has replaced quarterback TJ Hookfin.
“Otis is a 4.0 kid; so, anytime you’ve got a quarterback, you want a quarterback with some smarts about him,” said head coach Jonathan Foster. “He played linebacker for us, so that lets you know about his aggressiveness. He’s going to come up and hit you and we’re going to try to do a little plus one with him this year. TJ was a great thrower.”
In the spring game against Mentorship and Capitol, Elzy looked pretty sharp after just three days of practice at his new position. He was able to find Jeryon Nicholls on a deep ball and the guy Foster calls his best player the last two years, Roddarion Rbbins, over the middle.
“We lost a lot, but we’ve also got a lot coming back. It’s in the water in Kentwood. The expectations are there and we’re excited about this season. Like I say, ‘You’ve got to keep it going,’ and we’ve got some guys coming back, like Roddarian Robbins. He’s probably been our best player since his sophomore year. He has the heart of a lion. He’s not big, he’s not the fastest kid, but he’s not going to drop any balls, he’s not going to miss any tackles, he’s not going to miss an assignment. And also, he has an even keel the whole game. He’s not like, ‘Coach, get me the ball.’ He never gets frustrated and he’s just a great high school football player for us and hopefully, somebody will give him a shot on the next level,” Foster added.
Another of Elzy’s targets, Tulane commit Cornelius Dyson, showed why he’s headed to the next level with big plays on both sides of the ball. He is a flanker and linebacker who expects to be back in the dome even with the 'Roos moving up to Class 2A this fall.
Dyson will be holding down the outside by flanking middle linebacker Bryce Cooper and if the big hit in the spring game against Capitol is any indication, those leveling shots should keep on coming just like we saw from No. 50 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. He will anchor the defense as one of 10 seniors returning for 2019.
“Hard-nosed, listens, hasn’t missed a day of practice in four years. He was our manager in junior high and so, he’s always been hungry to be a Kentwood Roo, but he’s our thumper, he’s our leader on defense, he plays both ways for us, he always gives you 100 percent. He’s just a coach’s dream - Bryce Cooper. We’ve won two championships in five years and that’s a credit not only to me, but the coaches, the school, and the players. It’s a total team effort and like I say, ‘I’ve got the best coaching staff in the state,’” Foster explained.
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