Blake Schutt is a 6’1″ 280 LT for Hopkinsville High School with a very large butt. That may sound like I am throwing some shade but I’m not. Big Butts are a great thing for an offensive lineman though noting a big butt’s existence may sound like a strange way to begin an article on Kentucky Prep Gridiron. You see, as an offensive line coach myself, and with apologies to Sir Mix A Lot, I like big butts and I cannot lie… In the football world I am not alone. In an article entitled, 2013 NFL combine: Big butts matter for offensive linemen written for SBNation.com by Matt Verderame, Verderame noted that…[t]he NFL Scouting Combine makes for some uncomfortable moments, with large men in tight outfits running with slow motion cameras clicking away. Verderame goes on to detail just how very awkward it is that grown men exclaim in excitement every time they…see an offensive or defensive linemen with a large backside. According to the article, [e]very general manager and scout wants to see a large rear end for a few reasons, the main one being power. A big butt says that the lineman has good lower body strength that can really help with push in the trenches. Schutt has a prodigious backside, he has tremendous lower body strength, with a Dead Lift close to 500 pounds, and he is using his big butt to really push on the left side of Hopkinsville’s offensive line.
Coming into this year, Blake was a guy who looked good getting off the bus, but that was about all. Blake Schutt, as a sophomore, didn’t play many snaps of Varsity football, if he played a single one (which I don’t believe he did) and his work on JV was not particularly noteworthy either. There was something which seemed to prevent him from putting it together and rounding into an every down type offensive lineman. Well, that was last year, ancient history.