Last year, George Daily-Lyles was the No. 1 middle linebacker in the Warriors’ base 4-3 defense. Thing was, for the final two-thirds of the 2010 season, the Warriors were mostly in the “45,” a scheme in which the nickelback position known as quarter replaced the middle linebacker.
This spring, with outside linebacker Corey Paredes sidelined while recovering from shoulder surgery and a linebacker being used as a stand-up pass rusher, Daily-Lyles remains on the field in nearly every defensive scheme.
“I guess they pretty much got comfortable with me,” Daily-Lyles said, “or just the lack of another linebacker. Either way, I’m going to play.”
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has confidence that Daily-Lyles, who will be a third-year sophomore in the fall, will emerge as a playmaker. That means staying on the field as much possible.
“It’s the Coach Aranda rule: I have to do it,” Daily-Lyles said. “I like it where I’m at right now. It’s a good deal. Coach Aranda has faith in me. I’m going to live up to that, or try to.”
Daily-Lyles is both deceptively quick and ferocious. His motto is: “See the ball. See the man with the ball. Tackle the man with the ball.”
He added: “It’s about getting from Point A to Point B. When you get there, make a play, arrive at violence. That’s Jake Heun’s quote: Arrive at violence.”
Daily-Lyles is admittedly “bottom heavy,” which coaches have told him gives him “built-in leverage.” In football, advantage goes to the one with leverage.
“If you’re top-heavy, you fall over easy,” he said. “Offensive lineman like to grab you and throw you. … I was always a big kid. I grew out of my fat-guy stage with three-trunk legs.”
The drawback? “I’ve got to get (pants with) 40 waist to fit my thighs,” he said. “I’m really a 36, but I walk around with 40s because nothing fits my thighs. I have a hard time finding jeans. I get an extra-large belt, up to eight holes deep, and strap it up. But I like my legs. They get me where I need to go.”
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MPSF volleyball standings:
1. USC (17-1) — @UH (Fri, Sat.)
2. BYU (14-6 ) — @ Pepperdine (F, S)
3. Stanford (13-6) — @ Santa Barbara (F), UCLA (S)
4. Hawaii (12-8) — USC (F, S)
5. UC Irvine (11-8) — @ Long Beach (W), @ Northridge (S)
6. UC Santa Barbara (10-8) — Pacific (Th), Stanford (F)
7. Long Beach State ((10-9) — Irvine (W), UCSD (S)
8. UCLA (8-10) — Pacific (F), Stanford (S)
9 . Pepperdine (5-13) — BYU (F, S)
10. UC San Diego (5-14) — @Northridge (Th), @Long Beach (S)
11. Pacific (4-15) — @Santa Barbara (Th), @UCLA (F)
11. Northridge (4-15) — UCSD ((Th), Irvine (S)
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Avis has selected Pride as the winner of the DVD.
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Slugger recently returned from Arizona, where she attended the Arizona Aloha Festival 2011. She secured a sheet with autographs from Aaron Francisco, Reagan Mauia, Brashton Satele, Laupepa Letuli, Kainoa LaCount, Mana Silva, Adrian Thomas and Trask Iosefa.
If you would like to enter the drawing for the sheet, please post: Sign me up for some spring football.
Avis will pick a winner.
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PowderPuff with the Alex Green-autographed glove: