Position change no big deal to Eagles’ Payne
Part of the excitement coming out of the Eisenhower football program is the number of quality underclassmen, players with good athletic skills and even better attitudes.
One of those at the top of the list is Jason Payne, a 5-11, 230-pound junior linebacker/defensive tackle who’s shown the willingness to take on a tough job to help the team.
“I started at linebacker, but we have some really good linebackers so they moved me to defensive tackle,” Payne said before Tuesday’s practice. “It takes some work to play on the line, but I’ve adjusted pretty well.
“On the line, especially at my size, you are normally going against bigger linemen, so for me it’s important to keep lifting to get stronger, use good footwork and stay low. Those things are important on defense and it’s things I try to work on all the time.”
He’s also helping younger teammates improve, including freshman brother Zachary.
“I’m trying to be there to help him learn how to lift, how to play the game and just support him,” Jason said. “He’s on the defensive line too, so it helps because we’re both learning the same things.”
Payne also gives credit to another sport for helping him step up to the challenge of playing on the defensive line.