Bucs' Brewer ready as prep practice opens in Tennessee
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Grant Reynolds had Boyd-Buchanan football out really early and really late for a two-a-day practice on the first official day of fall camp Monday.
But with a wealth of experience returning, including nine defensive starters, the Bucs easily answered the call.
"We had a good sense of urgency today with the pads on," Reynolds said as practice wrapped up around 9 p.m. ET. "The kids were fired up to be in pads, and they should be. If they weren't ready to go day one, something's wrong with them."
Malik Brewer and his fellow lineman have been ready for weeks.
While skill position players get to compete in summer passing camps, June and July is prime time for conditioning for the big fellas. That means Brewer and company couldn't wait to put on the pads and finally hit someone again.
"We've all learned to love the running, especially when the skirts are doing their 7-on-7's," Brewer said as a friendly jab to wideouts and running backs. "But this felt good. We actually got to hit people."
At 6-foot-3, 320 pounds, Brewer packs quite a punch.
Just ask the size 18 EE cleats he shredded in Monday's workout.
"It's crazy how a size 18 can tear when you try to cut hard on a pull block," Brewer said while shaking his head.
The senior guard missed several minutes of practice while a trainer taped his cleat back together in hopes of surviving the rest of the workout. Luckily Brewer and the Bucs buy his mammoth-sized cleats in bulk, keeping them prepared for a busted seam here and there.
It's pretty much the only downside Reynolds can find to coaching the talented lineman, who has been getting steady interest from Division I programs.
"He's a good kid and a good young man who's going to have a great chance to play at a major college somewhere," Reynolds said. "We're excited to see what he can do for us this year."
Brewer, meanwhile, is excited to see what his team can do.
Expectations are always high at Boyd, but may be higher this year after returning several key players from a team that lost in overtime in the Class AA state quarterfinals a year ago.
"Basically we just have to realize we need to take on the pressure and handle it in a grown man way," Brewer said. "We're going into this with our heads up high and our heads right and do our best to win the games."