Don’t overlook Lancers’ Polanco
Mike Yameen has had driven, dedicated kids before. He’s had some wilder, free spirit types too.
Together, they have merged on the corner, to form one of the league’s best-kept secrets. Here’s Yameen with more:
Jaddiel Polanco, cornerback: “I can’t say enough about him. He’s a kid you look at, and say no way he’s a football player. Then he goes out on the field and proves you wrong. The kid can really cover. He’s a player. We’re just starting the college process, and he’s the first to get everything in order. He’s driven to play at the next level. Now, I have to sell him to coaches, who are going to look at him and wonder what I’m talking about. Then we’ll show them the films. He’s done all we’ve asked, except catch the football. I always joke with him. What is a defensive back? He’s a wide receiver who can’t catch. But he’s been unbelievable.”
George Urena and Franger Baez, receivers: “It’s amazing what they’ve done after seeing little or no time on varsity last year. They’ve combined for almost 90 catches and over 1,500 yards with 15 TDs -- for guys who never played last year. But we tested them, and they came through with incredible patience and work ethic. I said it before, you find out in a season like this who really loves the game of football. And they really showed us something.”
Chris Pena, linebacker: “His stats won’t show it, but for threw years he’s been there for us at linebacker. The kid hasn’t missed a practice. He put a ton of work in, during the offseason and he took a leadership role this year that we couldn’t have gone without.”