We featured another Frederick Douglass front-line guy, John Sualla, over a week ago in our “Breakout Player” series. He is a front-line, defender from whom we expect big things in the Fall of ’22.
However, Sualla is far from alone in that particular front. Jalen Hand is a big part of the defensive plan for one of Kentucky’s elite 5A programs this coming Fall.
First of all, Jalen Hand is a nightmare for offensive linemen to have to block. He is tall at 6-4. He has incredible length. He weighs 270-pounds and could put on some really solid weight without impacting his quickness and mobility. He has plenty of twitch and “get-off.”
Like we said, “nightmare.” Like some of his heavily recruited brethren around the commonwealth, big-time programs have taken notice.
Eastern Michigan has been the first in the FBS to “pull the trigger.” Miami University, EKU, and WKU are circling too.
Hand had a big junior campaign playing with his hand in the dirt and being the persistent emphasis of every other team’s scouting report. Despite all the double teams he faced night in and night out, he still registered 31-stops. Hand was tied for the team lead with 10-TFLs. He had the outright team lead with five (5) QB-sacks.
He is playing in the offensive backfield consistently, wreaking havoc on opposing offensive game-plans. Isn’t that exactly what you want from a defensive, first-level player?
Jalen will have a prominent “hand” in the defensive strategy going forward for Coach Nate McPeek’s Broncos. We’re just glad we aren’t charged with having to attempt to contain this front-line tsunami.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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