• John Macon Gillespie

Brunson Ready to Step Up Between the Bricks

The Laurel Tornadoes were expected to have somewhat of a down season in 2016 after losing four year starting quarterback Keon Howard and phenom wide receiver Octavious Cooley. The down year simply did not happen. They would see their season come to an end in the 5A State Championship game.

The Tornadoes used senior playmakers on offense to light up the scoreboard all season long. They were so stacked at the wide receiver position that some talented underclassmen didn’t see the minutes they thought they might.

Rising senior Caleb Brunson was one of those underclassmen. He understood what was in front of him and knew that when he got his opportunities he had to make the most of them.

“For me, the season didn’t go like I expected,” Brunson told SES Mississippi “There was a lot of talent in front of me with Dontario Drummond and Jevah Jones, but when my name was called I never disappointed.”

Brunson has been able to benefit from being around players like Drummond, Cooley, Howard and Ulmer over the past few years. He says he takes what they taught him to heart.

“They taught me to make plays no one expects you to make, not even yourself,” Brunson explained. “In other words, be unpredictable.”

Brunson expects to see his numbers improve in his final season of playing Between the Bricks. He does admit that Laurel High School and Watkins Stadium is a very special place to play.

“The atmosphere is great,” Brunson declared. “Every Friday feels like an SEC Saturday.”

Brunson, along with several of his teammates, will be putting in work this Saturday at our Fortius Project combine that will be held at Jones County Junior College. This will be our second camp of the spring and first in South Mississippi.

When asked what his goals were for the Fortius Project, Brunson had a simple response.

“I’m coming for the trophy.”

The trophy he is referring to is our combine MVP trophy known as the STRONGER AWARD.

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