There is no better time than the present to anoint another Independence Bank Player of the Week. Independence Bank is proud to sponsor a weekly article highlighting players in the areas where Independence Bank flourishes who embody the same type of revolutionary service to their respective football teams which has made Independence Bank unique and special in the banking industry.
Independence Bank has a goal of achieving everyday excellence, and this week we are focusing on a player who, quite frankly, is one of the Class of 2022’s most explosive and effective edge-rushing threats. This week we are focusing on Class of 2022, DE, Bridger Knee.
Knee’s Bowling Green (Senior) High School is right down the road from three Independence Bank branches. First, there is the Fairview Avenue Branch, 977 Fairview Avenue; second, and one of our favorites, is the Freedom Square Branch, 1950 Scottsville Road; and third is the Nashville Road Branch located on 2415 Nashville Road all three of which are in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Go on down and see our friends at either one or, perhaps all three, of these Independence Bank locations. Give them both the opportunity and privilege to earn your business. Let them demonstrate to you what makes Independence Bank the best in the banking business and the fastest growing financial institution in Kentucky.
Bridger Knee is a name which should be familiar to fans of this site and people who hold themselves out as being knowledgeable about Kentucky High School football. Bridger is one of his class’s elite pass-rushers who has been working his way up the roster at one of Kentucky’s deepest and most storied football programs, Bowling Green (Senior) High School.
Knee is a former Team Kentucky Future Star who we got to enjoy, again, at the Alumni Combine. We sent Fletcher Long to cover the combine and he came away impressed with Knee as both a player and prospect. However, being fair, he arrived impressed with Bridger Knee so I guess you could say he left there with the same favorable impression with which he arrived.
Bridger is a 6-1, 220-pound quick-twitch, up-field bender whose specialty is putting heat on the opposing QB. He is big enough and sufficiently strong and powerful to work back inside and get in on running plays too, as well as separating and shedding would-be blockers on the plays coming right at him.
Bridger back-squats nearly 400-pounds and had a vertical approaching 30-inches. He’s 7.6-seconds in the 3-cone drill and shuttles in 4.6 seconds demonstrating both athleticism (very useful to have at DE) and change of direction speed and agility.
Bridger put those abilities to good use in 2019. He had close to 40-stops, though only a sophomore at the time, with 3-QB sacks and infinitely more “pressures” than that playing under the Friday night lights in 2019. Those are very good numbers playing for a Class 5A power which made it to the semi-finals a year ago before bowing out to Covington Catholic.
We got to watch Bridger work against Evan Miller, another highly regarded former Future Star at the alumni combine. Miller is a 6-3, 305-pounder in the Class of 2023 (Breathitt County) who has an 83-inch reach.
Both players had good moments against the other. Knee’s spin-move was particularly devastating and Evan’s reach and extension was worth seeing. We got to enjoy the “future” at the combine. Both of these two will make considerable noise on the field this coming Fall.
Congratulations, Bridger Knee, both for your Revolutionary Play in 2019 and that which is to come in 2020, all of which has earned you this week’s recognition. Go out there and show them of what you’re made, Bridger…your friends at Independence Bank will all be watching!
For the rest of you reading this, go see our friends at the fastest growing bank in the commonwealth of Kentucky who owe that growth to the men, women, and revolutionary financial products available for its banking customers. Go down and see our friends at your local Independence Bank.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you that WE’RE JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!