Tanner Brennan is no stranger to success.The Carroll senior played on the 2011 boys soccer team that won a state championship, and coach Greg Oglesby said Brennan brings a lot to the table.“He's a captain and tremendous leader,” Oglesby said. “He's been through the battles. This will be his third year of going to the playoffs. He's a real confident and composed kid, and his teammates feed off of him because of his personality.“He is jovial and outgoing, but not cocky. He's got a good demeanor that resonates throughout the rest of the team. He understands the direction we want to take and what we are looking to accomplish.”Brennan said he is feeling good about the direction this year's team is headed, and said he just tries to do his part to contribute.“The team's performed great,” Brennan said. “Our defense is playing very well and our offense has stepped up as well. What I try to bring to the team is a sense of brotherhood. I want to make sure that everybody is included in the team and that we have good chemistry.”Brennan believes good team chemistry is one of the most important ingredients to success.“You can have good team, but if you don't have good team chemistry, you probably won't go very far,” Brennan said. “It is probably the most important component to a team.”Brennan was a member of the 2011 squad that went undefeated and won a state championship.The Carroll senior said that the feeling on this year's team is not necessarily the same as two years ago, but added he does not believe that is a bad thing.“This year's team is different from that team, but not necessarily in a bad way,” Brennan said. “This team has had a lot of difficulties with injuries and other setbacks, but I think that through those setbacks we have become stronger and will become better.”To have another long playoff run, Brennan said it will take a one major thing from his team.“We have to have focus from all of the players,” Brennan said. “I think that if all of us have our heads in the right place, there is nothing that can stop us.”Oglesby said he has come to rely heavily on Brennan's leadership as the Dragons try to make another run at a state title.“He does a pretty good job of keeping his finger on the pulse of the team,” Oglesby said. “We meet with the captains maybe once a week or so, just to kind of talk and see how things are going.“His is not always an easy position to be in because the other boys know that he is kind of a conduit to the coach, but he does a tremendous job of doing what I want him to do, and keeping a regular relationship with all of the other kids. He's a leader, and his teammates respect his leadership.”Brennan plans to attend UT Austin and major in business.
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