Bearcat defensive end/tight end Anthony McKesson has, so far this season, been right where the Bearcats have needed him to be.
Though he a touchdown reception against Ozark, more often than not, that has been on defense.
“I’m just paying attention, really hoping to be in the right spot at the right time,” McKesson said last week.
In nonconference play McKesson was just that. Most recently, in the Bearcats 28-26 win over Pottsville on Sept. 7, McKesson intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. Both set up Carson Ray touchdown runs.
The fumble was caused by Noah Reyes, who is typically seeing double teams freeing up a teammate, often McKesson.
A spot player at tight end and defensive end as a sophomore, McKesson has slid full time into the later role this year and, although his early season numbers are impressive, defensive coordinator Arron Kimes says McKesson is still learning the position and has things on which he can improve.
“I’ve been working at it, trying to get better,” he said. “Trying to learn my rules.”
So far, McKesson has had plenty of rules to consider. In their first three weeks the Bearcat defense has lined up against a Single Wing, a Spread and a Dead T offense.
Up Friday is another spread attack in Paris, which was also open last Friday.
That’s okay with McKesson, who is the latest in a line of pass rushers coming off the edge.
“I love everything about defense,” he said. “I like to blitz. I like to cover passes.”
McKesson recorded the first sack of the season in the season opener against Clarksville. He forced two fumbles that became turnovers in that game, recovering one himself.
Including the sack, McKesson has 4.5 tackles for a loss and his 12 total tackles is tied for fourth on the team.
Like several of his classmates, McKesson, the son of “Gabby” McKesson and Lynette Hill, has been in the Bearcat system since little league.
His goals for this season and the rest of his high school career are simple.
“I just want to work hard and study my rules,” he said.