By David Coleman
The News Sports Writer
NEDERLAND – Brock Pryor went viral last week.
In a short video that currently resides on the phones and email accounts of many local coaches, Pryor is playing against Beaumont Ozen. He slips off a block and fills toward the middle of the field, where he catches running back Jakobi Jones attempting to try and block Pryor or maybe just slip into a pass route.
Either way, the 6-foot-2, 275 pound senior made sure Jones did not complete his assignment. He grabbed the runner with one hand, forcing Jones’ feet to fly up in the air like he slipped on a banana peel before slamming the slight back to the ground.
“He got in my way,” Pryor said. “I just moved him out of the way.”
Over the past three years, there are many players who probably regret getting in Pryor’s way. The three-year starter at defensive tackle has been a mainstay on the Nederland defense. He’s not always flashy, but what fans may not notice, opposing coaches surely do.
“It wasn’t hard to figure out he had some innate ability,” Nederland head coach Larry Neumann said. “He’s really quick for as big as he is. He’s very tenacious. He’s coachable and understands the nuances of the position. He is a guy who, unless you have a really excellent offensive lineman, you’re going to have two pairs of eyes on him. He’s drawn that kind of attention his whole career. “
When Pryor began his varsity career in the spring before his sophomore season, he was supposed to play offense. All it took was one Shotgun Alley drill for him to catch the coaching staff's attention and he hasn’t looked back since.
“He’s put in a lot of time and it’s things people don’t see,” Nederland defensive line coach Reed Lowrance said. “The work he’s put in during the summer and offseason has been outstanding. His strength has increased tremendously (since his sophomore year). He’s probably the smartest football player I’ve ever coached and that makes him what he is. He knows how to play double and triple teams and it is second nature for him. He’s seen every block there is. The way he’s developed mentally has been tremendous.”