The life of an offensive lineman can be tough sometimes.
There is not much love and publicity thrown these guys way after games. Most sports fans would rather hear about how many passing yards the quarterback had, how many yards rushing the tailback had or if a defensive back had an interception.
Well, Nederland football fans meet your center, Cole Brown.
Brown is the prototypical offensive lineman a fan would see on most football teams.
His name does not grace headlines too often, yet without him Nederland would have a tough time rushing for 475 yards in its first two games, like it has in 2013.
“The first thing I will say is his parents did a great job raising him,” Nederland Coach Larry Neumann said. “His dad played under Curtis (Barbay) in Newton and his family is a sports family in general. I know his mother is a football fan, so I think a lot of that motivated him to become the young man he is today.”
Neumann hit it on the head when talking about what drives Brown to be one of the area’s best offensive linemen.
“I remember my dad always talking about his playing career at Newton,” Brown said. “That really pushed me to want to play football. Then, as a kid, he always brought us to the Nederland games and I looked up to the players that were on the field. They made me want to become a Bulldog.”
Neumann is proud to have Brown back on his offensive line. The coach said Brown has become a leader on offense who expects the most out of himself and his teammates on every play.
“He is a tough kid and when I say tough I also mean mentally tough,” Neumann added. “Cole does not have much tolerance for anything he does not perceive as perfection. He simply loves the game and loves being physical for the entire game.”
So while other skill position players get most of the credit for wins and even losses, Brown always feels his job was accomplished when he looks at the game’s statistics.
“If Kendrick (Hopkins, tailback) has a lot of yards he always shows us on the line a lot of appreciation,” Brown said. “If our quarterback stayed healthy during the game, we also feel like we did our job as a line. It is an accomplishment for our whole line, not just myself. I want these things for all of us on the line.”
It is this dedication Neumann has grown to love about his center through through two plus seasons as a starter. If Neumann had 10 more players like Brown on the field on offense, he figures a deep run to the playoffs would happen every year for Nederland.
“He takes pride in what he does as an offensive lineman,” Neumann said. “His confidence bleeds through to the rest of the positions on offense. Our offensive line is way ahead of schedule at this point in the season. A lot of our success on our offensive line comes from the dedication of Cole.”
Brown and the Bulldogs will be at home for the first time this year this Friday against Angleton.
The life of an offensive lineman can be tough sometimes.
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Bassmaster Elites are coming back
The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
• Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
• East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
• Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
• Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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