Outside the Huddle and Blitz are counting down who they feel are the top 50 individual players in northeast Indiana heading into the 2022 season.
Our highest preseason honor, the fourth-annual First Eleven profiles the top players (in the mind of Outside the Huddle) entering this fall.
No. 3: OL/DL Brody Bolyn, senior, Norwell
Stellar footwork. Extremely quick hands. Exceptional physicality.
When it comes to breaking down Bolyn’s game, he checks all the boxes. A dominant force up front on both sides of the line of scrimmage, the senior’s tape is full of pancakes and straight domination.
Bolyn is not your typical lumbering lineman. A three-sport star at Norwell in football, basketball and baseball, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound athlete moves like he is 50 pounds lighter.
On offense, Bolyn’s prowess in getting out of his stance, engaging a defender then shrugging off to pull as the play trends to the outside is unmatched in this area. He is quick enough to get to the second level in front of a ball carrier and put a linebacker on the ground with ease.
Defensively, Bolyn utilizes the same attributes showcased on the other side of the ball to his advantage. His quick feet allow him to get the jump on slower linemen and his active hands are tough to deal with.
Bolyn’s skill set was on full display on a single play last year when he penetrated the backfield, elevated to tip a pass, caught it and rumbled in for a touchdown.
The Bowling Green verbal commit is the complete package and the best in the trenches in the entire area.
COACH’S QUOTE ON BRODY BOLYN
“Brody is a tough, hard-nosed football player. He’s a kid that loves to play the game and it shows. He has a great motor that never quits. We’re going to count Brody to lead us in the trenches.” – Norwell coach Josh Gerber