MORE from our HomeTeam writers.
We'll be spotlighting a few kids each day as we roll out our HomeTeam 100 countdown. Up first: Clearwater Central Catholic's Kyle Brittain, who comes in at No. 93 (see 91-100 here).
2011 stats: Roughly 100 tackles, an interception and two touchdown catches
The breakdown: The LB/TE’s highlight video is filled with relentless pursuit, crashing hits and big plays.
So when he started catching everything thrown his way at a 7-on-7 tournament in Weeki Wachee in June, the 6-foot, 180-pound junior linebacker caused CCC coach John Davis to do a double take.
“He runs this dig route, over the middle, and the pass is overthrown,” Davis said. “Somehow, he makes this incredible catch. …I just looked over at our defensive coordinator and said, well, you just lost him.”
Brittain didn’t miss much that day, intercepting a few passes on defense and gobbling up everything thrown his way on offense. Davis said he catches the ball better than anyone on the team.
In his first outing with his new squad (he transferred from Osceola), he helped CCC to the 7-on-7 title and picked up MVP honors as well. Nice to meet, y’all.
“I was just glad to make a good first impression,” Brittain said.
His second, third and fourth ones haven’t been too bad either.
The new Marauder will indeed play receiver and fullback this season, but despite Davis’ quip, his true value will come on defense, where he possesses ferocity and a knack for being in the right places at the right time.
“He’s got the instincts on defense you can’t teach,’’ Davis said. “You got guys who blitz who come free and never make a big play. Watching his film, when he blitzes he blows people up. I’m anxious to see him hit people.”