GREENBELT, Md. -- It takes determination and desire to play football at a high level. It takes heart to keep coming back, practice after practice, when the coach is ripping you to help you improve.
Eleanor Roosevelt lineman Bryan Davie proved to have all three last season.
"I didn't know if he was tough enough -- I thought he was going to quit. I just didn't think he was playing well enough in the preseason," head coach Tom Green said. "I felt in the beginning that he was going to be the weak link so I stayed on him. But when all was said and done he wasn't [the weak link]. As the season started he's the one making all the critical blocks. If he can play as well as he did last year we should be okay."
Davie played last season around the 330-pound mark, but Green said the junior has dropped 20 pounds since he began wrestling this winter. Green expects Davie to play next season around 310 pounds, which should improve his quickness.
"The best thing about Bryan is that he has good feet. He's quick from tackle to tackle. He's a quiet kid, but he's a leader," Green said. "He'll be an asset to any college, but he's an asset to me right now because I never have to worry about grades."
Davie maintains a grade point average around 3.5.
Green said Davie will likely start next season playing both the offensive and defensive line, but as some of the younger players gain experience Davie will move to playing just the offensive line.
Eleanor Roosevelt finished last season -- Green's first season as Raiders head coach -- with a 10-1 record.
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