By Chelsa Messinger
The middle linebacker is like the leader on the defense, both physically and mentally. So its no surprise that Anfernee Moffett averages not only 14 tackles a game, but also, has a 3.6 GPA.
"Well no doubt about it, he's a good student," said Smiths Station Head Football Coach Mark Rose. "He had a great game Friday, 16 tackles. He sets a good example, works hard in class, and he's a good all around athlete for us."
When he's not making big plays on the defense, he's making good grades in school, because he has some pretty high hopes for the future.
"Well I want to play football of course, and probably major in some science," said Smiths Station Junior Linebacker Anfernee Moffett. "Look in microscopes or dissect some things, discover new plants, animals, make new medicines, something like that."
Although you might not think of Biology when you think of "Cover 2" defenses, football and science aren't that different. For instance, take the scientific method.
First, ask a question.
For example, which direction is the offense headed?
"Sometimes I read the quarterback's eyes, you have to read the linemen," said Moffett. "How they pull, and sometimes you have to watch the tight end, and he'll pull too."
Next, do background research.
Like this week, Smiths Station plays Beauregard. What can the Panthers expect on Friday?
"We're going to have to stop the quarterback, because I heard he's pretty good," Moffett said. "We're going to have to stop their two running backs, #3 and #17. Three's a little short scat-back, and 17 is a stronger back."
Third, construct a hypothesis.
Which types of defenses will work against that type of offense?
"We run 40, which is 4 down linemen and 3 down linebackers. We run 30, which is 3 down linemen and 4 backers. Or we run nickel, we take out the Sam (strong) linebacker, and bring in another safety and have three cornerbacks," said Moffett.
If that didn't sound scientific enough, the last two steps are experiment and analyze the results.
Well that's playing the game, and then watching the film, to diagnose the mistakes afterward.
Having a science buff leading the defense may sound odd at first.
But for Coach Mark Rose.. he wouldn't have it any other way.
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