They spend an entire season studying film, lifting weights and trying to fend off mobile and mammoth defensive linemen.
They also act as very large bodyguards for the most important player of all, the quarterback.
They are the offensive linemen, the game’s anonymous brutes.
East Lake’s linemen have been among the best the past few seasons. So Eagles coach Bob Hudson decided they should be rewarded.
On Wednesday, East Lake’s linemen will head to Fort Myers for a beach retreat. They get to relax in the sun and will be treated to dinner. That, of course, comes after a little bit of work.
“This is not going to be total relaxation,” Hudson said. “We’re also going to do a workout in the sand and in the water.”
The getaway is part of a two-day trip. On Thursday, the Eagles will attend Florida Gulf Coast’s Point of Attack linemen camp.
“We do team camps each year,” Hudson said. “But we decided to throw in something extra to reward them. It’s not just about 7-on-7 in the summer. Those guys need something, too.”
East Lake has some of the best skill players in the country. Receivers Artavis Scott and George Campbell are both major Division-I recruits.
But the linemen also have paved the way for the Eagles’ success. Left tackle Mason Cole, who has committed to Michigan, is the most recognizable lineman of the group. Other returning starters up front include Drew Stryjewski and Jared Gleason.
“It should be real fun,” Cole said. “I’m looking forward to it. Coach Hudson is a linemen guy, so it’s nice that he’s rewarding us.”