Central LB always around the ball

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In the spring drills following his freshman year of football at Central, Drew Bolin started attracting the notice of head coach Bart Helsley and the other coaches as the unassuming player who always seemed to be near the ball.

“From that point on, he has been a part of the linebacking corp,” Helsey said of Bolin, now a senior.

Bolin, the “Lou” linebacker in Central’s 3-3 stack defense, said his progress over the last few years has been helped, in part, by having other Chargers to look up to and follow their lead.

“When I was younger, I’d look up to players like Zack Sanchez, Zach Britton and Simon Goines,” Bolin said.

Those players are now making names for themselves in college stadiums at Oklahoma, Northwest Louisiana and UCLA, respectively.

“It is different as a senior,” Bolin admitted. “There’s no one to look up to other than college athletes.”

The hard work every off season has helped Bolin develop and even fight through injuries.

“I learned from them and even Jacob Fogle, who played with a broken hand,” Bolin said. “He was a warrior.”

Now, Bolin’s dedication and hard work is hopefully being noticed by the younger players at Central to help bolster the program’s culture and build on their recent successful seasons.

“He’s spent extra time in the weight room to make himself better,” Helsley said. “I hope the younger kids watch him. He gives great effort and he’s there to work hard every day.”

Helsley said Bolin isn’t always the most vocal leader on the team but “he’s vocal when he needs to be.”

Bolin’s instincts for knowing where the ball is and how best to get to it have helped make him a key for the Chargers defense.

“He’s been a starter for three years and has a great work ethic and he’s a good student of the game,” Helsley said. “He finds ways to make plays.”

The time spent learning the game helps Bolin make up for aspects of his game he’d like to improve upon.

“I’m not the fastest on field,” Bolin said of his 4.8 speed. “Playing smart and reading my keys helps me play faster than what I am,” he said.

At 5’10” and 215, Bolin uses his physical abilities as well as his cerebral abilities.

Helsley noted that although Bolin isn’t always making the tackle, he always seems to be around the ball due to his instinctual talents.

“I think it’s instinct and technique,” Bolin said. “The one play that you’re not by the ball there could be a fumble. I don’t take plays off.”

Bolin’ work ethic seems to come as naturally as his instincts.

“To me, it’s natural,” Bolin said of his work ethic. “Nothing is given to you. I work hard and do the extras to be the best I can be.”

In the week preparing for his last shot at Carroll, Bolin said he intends to leave it all on the field.

“My sophomore year, they beat us by 3,” Bolin recounted. “Last year I got injured and dislocated my shoulder. This year I really want to beat them.”

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