Berea High’s defensive line features the long and the short of it, with a block of granite in between.
The center of the Bulldogs’ three-man front is senior nose guard Bobo Burgess, a 5-foot-9, 319-pound force who showed just how valuable he can be in a recent scrimmage.
“He gummed up a lot of the stuff they wanted to do in both the ‘A’ gaps just because he’s so strong,” Berea coach Wayne Green said. “He just kind of knocks that center backwards, and it gives us a chance to play with two gaps on either side of him.”
On one side of Burgess is senior Destin Guillen, who has committed to Mercer University. On the other side is senior Braxton Robinson.
“Destin’s 265, but he’s 6-6, and that’s stretching 6-6 out pretty good,” Green said, “and Braxton’s 5-11, 220. So we need to keep those guys on the move. We don’t want to ask them to take on a big offensive tackle every time the ball’s snapped.”
Green said the Bulldogs will rotate at least four players along the defensive line. Senior Marlon Rodriquez and several of the offensive linemen also will figure into the defensive front.