Monday, July 18, 2011
2011 Player Spotlights: Matthew Baltimore
Position: Defensive End
Weight: 230 lbs.
Stat to Note
As a junior, Baltimore was a Second Team All-Sunflower League selection as a defensive end.
Baltimore is a pass rushing nightmare for opposing head coaches and coordinators. Not only does he have great length for shedding blockers, but he's also a gifted athlete with speed to burn around the end. There won't be many, if any defensive ends as athletic as Baltimore in the Sunflower League in the upcoming season.
Last season Baltimore recorded 17.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two forced fumbles, and nine pass deflections. His nine sacks were two less than that of Olathe North's Tanner Gentry--which further fuels the question as to which of the two players will be the more dominant defensive end in 2011?
For now, let the debate rage on. Much of that discussion will be played out as the season goes along and the one thing that is for sure is that Baltimore's motor won't stop going, so long as he's on the field for Olathe East. Baltimore has had concussion issues in the past and hopefully those won't be an issue for the talented senior this season.
Photo courtesy oehawksfootball.com