Every year, I attend the first day of wrestling at the OHSAA State Wresting Championships. The first day everyone wrestles. Now wrestling is not my favorite sport, but I do get to see some really good football players compete.
Such was the case with Willoughby South’s OL Nik Urban. A state ranked heavyweight in the winter and a very good offensive lineman in the fall.
Last Saturday afternoon, I watched him block against University School. At 6’3-280, he pretty much dominated his defender, but I was able to see what I needed to see. Good base. Solid bender. Stays with his block. Like his leverage. Can mirror a defender. Like his punch and explosion. Solid feet in pass protection. Blocks 2nd level.
Nik seems to enjoy playing the game. Runs on and off the field. Emotional player. Beneath the smile and fun attitude, Nik is a very tough hard-nosed competitor both on the football turf and the wrestling mat. Continue ReadingRead More »