Things learned at Robert D. Edgren football camp
Seventh in a series of quick hits on high school football practices around the Pacific.
Of the 12 football-playing schools within DODDS Pacific and DDESS Guam, just three - Kadena, Daegu High and Robert D. Edgren - have earned six berths in their respective divisions’ Far East title games.
The latter stands a good shot at gaining a seventh Division II title-game bid, and perhaps the Eagles’ first D-II title since 2008, if size is any indicstor of success.
The Eagles possess five players weighing 200 pounds or more, led by senior offensive tackle-defensive end Dorian Dillon, who tips the scales at 260 while standing 6-foot-4. It makes him one of the biggest linemen, if not the biggest, in all of DODDS Japan, and could give Edgren a serious edge in the D-II title chase, if not for the first DODDS Japan title in school history.
But more than size, it’s football IQ where the Eagles have taken major steps since last season, the first for the team under Jeremy Sanders, formerly the head coach of the base team, the Misawa Jets. They folded after capturing the third of their three U.S. Forces Japan-American Football League titles in 2013; Sanders is hoping to accomplish the rare double of winning both a Torii Bowl and a D-II title.
While the Eagles possess strong starting lineups on both sides of the ball – “we won’t have to ironman it,” Sanders said – the big question is: Can the Edgren backups step up to give the starters the necessary breathers to remain fresh down the stretch of games?
Sanders seemed particularly pleased with the progress of senior quarterback Shawn Robinson, who Sanders says has gotten a better grasp of the Eagles’ spread offense and understanding defensive coverages. He’s the cover boy, Sanders said, of a team that’s improved in all facets of the game.