Eric Coley tackles Defensive POY honor

Published 9:13 am Monday, December 29, 2008

By By Chandler Myers
Leaders are an important aspect in all walks of life, and finding a true leaders is one of the toughest things to spot in sports.
So many athletes take advantage of a spotlight and turn that spotlight into a negative atmosphere for a team. A true leader uses that spotlight to set an example for his teammates and becomes a general on the field taking his team to battle.
Escambia County Blue Devils senior linebacker Eric Coley is the Atmore Advance’s 2008 Defensive Player of the Year not only for his statistics, but also for his leadership.
Coley led the Blue Devils in tackles with 86, while recording five sacks and three interceptions during their 2008 campaign.
He said that being named Player of the Year is something to be excited about because of the hard work that is put into a football season.
Coming into the season, Coley was seen as a leader by his coaches, but he wanted to embrace that role for his team. He said he wanted to be a good example for his teammates.
Coley’s presence will be missed on the field next season by the Blue Devils.
Blue Devils head coach Kyle Davis said Coley has been an important player especially since moving to defense his junior year.
Aside from his leadership, Coley’s statistics say a lot about his ability to play football.
The linebacker said his best performance in 2008 came in a loss against a region foe.
Coming to Herbert Barnes stadium will not be the same for Coley next season since he will only be watching the Blue Devils. He said he is going to miss everything about playing for ECHS.

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