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Offline jrk5150

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Say Hello to my Reaper
« on: October 13, 2014, 03:10:18 PM »
This kid had been bringing it all year.  He got a little funky after a bad helmet to helmet during a scrimmage, took him some time to get his mojo back.

Another game, he was running power, and as he was running over the DB's, you could hear him grunting as he was hitting them.  Never seen that.

He's 10.





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Re: Say Hello to my Reaper
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2014, 03:25:28 PM »
Do you use and special drills for him?  Or, is he a natural Reaper?  My Reaper has been struggling ... he has the skills to play the position, but not the Mojo your kid has.
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Re: Say Hello to my Reaper
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2014, 05:51:09 PM »
Sorry to say, I've done very little to help him play that spot. I've been running JJ's D for 6 years now, and this is the first kid I've had come in at 9 (Pop Warner Jr. Pee Wee) and be able to play R.  He was our back-up and GRIM R last year, probably should have started.  From day one he's been fearless with a natural feel for getting to the ball. He's easily the most natural R I've had, I feel like the position was written for this kid. I knew he had "it" in our first scrimmage last year when I had him at CB and he came up and had a big collision with a kid on a sweep who lowered his shoulder, one of those tackles where the tackler is just as likely to get hurt as the ball carrier.  Nope, he popped right up and wanted more.

The only thing I've worked with him on is not overrunning the play, he had a tendency earlier this year to do that.  Even then it's been mostly verbal instruction on how to trail the play.  Every once in a blue moon he gets beat to the sideline because of that (he's not the fastest kid on the field), but I'll live with that since that's more rare than the risk of him overrunning a sweep that's cut back.  He's really turned a corner since our scrimmages.

Have had to fight with him to keep his head up.  On the second one, I'd rather see it up more than it was, but it certainly wasn't "head down".

The kid doing the announcing is funny - you can just hear him on the first one saying "hit hard by..."  On the second one, you can't hear it, but he said something like "ferocious hit by #28", LOL.

They were consecutive plays, too.
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Re: Say Hello to my Reaper
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2014, 06:15:13 PM »
And just to show you that this is contagious.  Both of these hits came after the two above.  This is our starting CB, first one is on kick-off coverage where he's the S, and second is at R, first time he's ever played the position.  Him hitting like this is a bit of a newer development, started seeing it in practice over the past week or two.

This is also a kid that missed our only loss, a one point game in double OT, due to a phantom concussion - didn't feel well one day in school, Mom took him to Dr. who heard he played football and sat him for a week with a concussion. Said soccer was okay, just not football.  Never seen that before.  And I think he'd have made a difference.  Oh, well.








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Re: Say Hello to my Reaper
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2014, 10:41:20 PM »
Hello !
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Re: Say Hello to my Reaper
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2014, 12:38:21 PM »
the kickoff video says PRIVATE and wont play ...

Love the REAPER ... he was born to play it ... 8-)
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Re: Say Hello to my Reaper
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2014, 06:38:40 PM »
Fear the reaper

Nice lil player you got there
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