Shiloh Christian’s Secret Weapon?
A few years ago, Kentucky had a 6-foot-4, 285-pound quarterback named Jared Lorenzen. He was hugely talented, stronged-armed and tough to tackle. He set school records for passing and total offense, and even garnered funny nicknames like the “Round Mound of Touchdown” and “Pillsbury Throwboy.”
A quick stop by Shiloh Christian’s practice this week revealed a similar weapon that could be scary for opponents if Saints’ coach Josh Floyd ever unleashes it. Not that the Class 4A top-ranked Saints aren’t scary enough, but big man Travis Bodenstein would be an absolute terror to stop at quarterback.
In practice, Bodenstein showed solid throwing form, and easily launched the ball 50-plus yards with his big meat hooks while playing catch with Saints starting quarterback Kiehl Frazier. “I can throw it about 65 yards,” said Bodenstein, who’s in his fourth year as the varsity’s starting right tackle. “He’s got better mechanics than me,” joked Frazier, an Auburn pledge.
So Bodenstein can launch the ball farther than 95 percent of the quarterbacks in the state. Plus, for a lineman turned quarterback, Bodenstein would be fairly mobile. Kansas isn’t giving him a scholarship because he’s slow afoot. He runs well.
Imagine a 195-pound defensive end trying to tackle a 6-4, 295-pounder barreling through the line for a first down?
Instead of the “Wildcat” formation, we could call it the “Wild Water Buffalo?”
We’re not saying this will happen, or even should happen. We’re just saying it could happen. If it did, watch out … Think William “The Refrigerator” Perry meets Brett Favre.
Bodenstein has all the physical tools, he just needs the experience — and a nickname.
The Saints host Pea Ridge in Champions Stadium tonight at 7.