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Sugg Set To Explode In 2015

By Webb Lewis

East Rankin defensive end, Trace Sugg has that rare combination of power and speed. He has the strength of a defensive end and the speed of a strong safety. He was an absolute nightmare for offensive coaches in 2014. His upcoming senior season will be no different.

Sugg looks back on this past year without regret.

"As a team I feel we played well as a whole," Sugg told SES. "As far as an individual, I feel like I played to the fullest potential I could and that I achieved all the goals I had set for myself."

After a year of playing the position about as good as it can be played, Sugg plans to spend his offseason getting even better and making himself more known around the state. "I will be training hard for the next season and perfecting my skill and techniques," Sugg explained. "I also plan to attend many combines and camps to showcase my talent."

A quick glimpse at Sugg's highlight film shows something quite special. It is not only the fact that he tackles with power or can blow by offensive tackles so quickly that he is rarely touched, but rather that in some cases it is as if he knows plays before they are ran.

He identifies the play and gets to the ball carrier in a flash. "The main thing is knowing your opponent and then knowing how to put yourself in the position to make those big plays," Sugg said.

As for what drives Sugg to play and practice as hard as he does, he says he simply wants to be on top. "Because I want to be the best player and leader that I can be."

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