Coppage not fazed by lack of size, experience
Darius Coppage is like so many of the Eisenhower football players; his services have been needed before he’s even had a chance to build up his strength and get ready for varsity ball.
The 6-2, 225-pound sophomore defensive end is trying to play catch-up now and at the 5A level, it’s tough going.
“I’m always giving up a lot of size to those offensive linemen,” Coppage said. “I just have to use my quickness and speed to make sure they don’t get outside me.
“It’s been a challenge but it’s making me a better player. I’m not in that weight class (football) but I do lift on my own and I lifted in the summer. I just have to keep doing what I can to improve.”
The good thing about Coppage and other young players is they already know how to win.
“We were undefeated in both the seventh and eighth grade,” he said. “We have some good young players, but going against these bigger players is an eye-opening experience. The speed of the game is much faster at this level.”
Coppage, who the coaches picked to be interviewed because of his recent tackle numbers, says he’s been mostly effective against the run.