Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fort Cherry's Kobrys back at RB

With 55 catches as a freshman at Avella, 5-foot-7 junior Koltan Kobrys has already been compared to New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker. Perhaps Danny Woodhead – who gets a few more carries – might be a better comparison these days.

After transferring to Fort Cherry and spending another year at receiver, Kobrys is back at his natural position of running back, the same position he’s played since he was 5.

“I'm happy to be back at running back,” Kobrys said. “It’s what I've always played. I picked up on it pretty easy again.”

Judging by this past Friday’s performance – 29 carries for 247 yards and two touchdowns during a 31-21 home win over Carlynton in the Class A Black Hills Conference – Kobrys isn't lying.

“I have the vision of a running back,” said Kobrys, who caught 22 passes for 510 yards and three touchdowns as quarterback Tanner Garry’s No. 2 target last fall. “That’s the one thing I do have; I have great vision.”

As I wrote in Monday’s high school football notebook – check it out if you haven’t already – Kobrys is excited to give Fort Cherry more of a run-first look this season after Tanner Garry’s throwing ability meant the Rangers had been more of a passing team the past couple of years.

Without me asking, Kobrys brought up names like Derric Stankus, Nate Crossey, Mike Vernillo and Jordan Clemons as former Fort Cherry backs he tried to emulate; you don’t meet many high school kids with that much knowledge of their predecessors.

I asked Kobrys what his toughest adjustment was, and he answered the tempo of the game. How things at running back appear much faster than they do out wide.

“It was tough adjusting to the tempo of the game, reading the linebackers,” Kobrys said. “But I’ve learned to slow the game down.”

Kobrys wasn't the only positive to pluck from Fort Cherry’s win. Quarterback Matt Heslin added a pair of touchdown passes and scoring run. One of the touchdown tosses went to Sean Darragh at the end of the first half and tied the score at 21.

“Matt Heslin might not be Tanner Garry,” Kobrys said. “But I think as long as we have a good run game, we can pass a little bit, too.”

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