@LleytonPenn from @mercer_football is a throwback to a simpler time. @TommyLeeCraig @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

Who remembers when your DE/T’s were just rough, tough, uncomplicated guys who enjoyed contact, getting dirty, and playing the game in the trenches? They were grunts. They were hardcore. They were like granite.

Mercer County’s Lleyton Penn is a throwback to these simpler days. At least, that is KPGFootball’s take. It was Ace Hardware’s take too when the company awarded him the “Throwback Player of the Week” last season.

By the way, bravo Ace Hardware! Talk about the perfect award for a hardware company to bestow, this is definitely the one. Hats off to the marketing department.

Penn got 7-games of varsity run in ’21. Heading into ’22, it would appear what he did in those 7-games would warrant more playing time.

Penn registered 26-tackles, 4-TFLs, and a QB-sack over his time on the field. He also played offensive tackle, drawing two-way deployment.

Penn is 6-1, weighs 260-pounds, and is quite the impressive athlete. In addition to football, Penn is on the Track & Field team and participates in a couple of “throws,” shot put and discus.

Those field events, in particular, require explosion, strength, and power and are commonly performed by stud linemen. Perhaps Penn’s greatest statistics occurs in the classroom.

Penn sports a 3.86 GPA. He will have limitless opportunities to extend his athletic career either on the gridiron or in Track & Field with grades like that.

Yessir, Lleyton Penn reminds us of a simpler time. Maybe this next year he can pick up an award from Country Time Lemonade. You may have to be my age to get that reference.

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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  1. I love this article Lleyton’s great grandfather was all state player for Danville high school and had scholarships in football and was drafted in army and got to play all over the United States Thank you for this wonderful article,Debbie weaver

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