• John Macon Gillespie

Burt Brings Versatility To Tigers

In their season-opener last week Hernando was impressive on both sides of the ball en route to a 48-8 win over Middle College(TN). That’s the exact combination the Tigers used to finish with nine wins a season ago, including a 5-0 start.

But this year’s team is different. Robert Wilcke is no longer behind center. Instead the offense will be guided by senior Jacob Krumm, a more than capable passer. The defense features talent and depth at all three levels.

“We need to keep big plays on defense low, and win first and third downs. On offense we’ve got to keep getting better, and run our stuff no matter what,” senior Jon Burt told SES Mississippi.

“Last year we won games in the second half because were in better shape and were tough. This year shouldn’t be different.”

On Friday night the Tigers travel to Lake Cormorant to face also undefeated Gators. Burt feels that toughness and stamina will play a key role in determining a winner in this one.

“It’s going to be who wants it more, and who can stop the run when it comes down to it,” He explained.

Looking ahead at the matchup, Burt feels that weather will play a role in how the game is played. He also shared some thoughts about the Gators following some film study.

“They have a great o-line and a really good running back. Their quarterback runs the system well, and can run well when he needs to,” Burt said. “If we stop the power and the counter, we should win. Our d-line being good is a huge win for us.”

“The weather will make for a straight up old-fashioned running game, so it’ll be fun.”

Last week Burt was one of four tailbacks to see action, and he scored a touchdown. He is known to lend a hand on the offensive side of the ball, but primarily he’s a defender. So he was able to get a good look at the offense in game one.

“Our offensive line did a great job,” He noted. “I think the fact that our o-line can block multiple schemes is a big deal for us to be really good this year.”

“Jacob made all his reads about as good as they could have been made for his first start. The receivers made some big plays. What I like best about our offensie is the balance with the passing and running.”

On defense, obviously, he’s got a great view each snap. So he also offered some thoughts about that side of the ball.

“Our d-linemen are beasts, to start. Detavius Davis, Ladarius Boswell, Parker Swan and Caimon Nettles all ate up a lot of run plays,” Burt stated. “We attacked and read our keys, so we ere in the right spots. We came with intensity the whole game.”

“Our strength is we have speed, and we move well, as a defense.”

Burt’s strengths as a player are his dedication, discipline and versatility. He has been a starter for the Tiger defense since his sophomore year. He continually improves due to a strong work ethic and weekly film study.

“As a sophomore I started all 12 games at linebacker. Having to play down in the box against all the big teams like. South Panola and Tupelo really helped me to become tough and mature a lot,” He said. “Last year I played 13 games as a free and strong safety. I got a feel for coverages, and got to see what it’s like to really cover some fast guys.”

“Since I’ve played both positions on defense, I think my experience will really help me understand what’s going on with the other teams and how I can help my team win.”

He also noted that his speed and physicality as a tackler are a big part of his success at both spots the last two years. But he also credits film study. Something that will help him as he focused on outside linebacker and running back this fall.

“I watch on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and then Saturday,” Burt said. “I’ve always loved watching football all the time, so I think that along with wanting to win made it something I’m pretty good at.”

“I started watching my sophomore year when coach gave me a hudl account.”

Since then, his game has continually improved. As you would expect, he’s hoping his senior campaign will be his most productive and successful yet.

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