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Thrown into the starting quarterback role as a sophomore, things were a bit rough for Kevin Blount at Walnut Hills out of the gate in 2012.
The Eagles opened up the season at Nippert Stadium against Oak Hills in the Crosstown Showdown and Blount was pulled shortly before the half after collecting just four yards through the air and only 22 yards on nine carries to go along with a fumble.
He wouldn’t stay down long though. Blount rebounded the following week to lead Walnut Hills past Western Hills as he completed 11-of-15 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns and picked up two more scores and 164 yards on 23 carries.
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By time the dust settled on the 2012 campaign, Blount would finish as a top five finisher in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference in both rushing and passing yards.
“I progressed a lot. The position started to slow down to me,” the junior-to-be stated. “I started getting a lot more comfortable. Things started appearing for me and I opened up my playbook a lot.”
The raw athleticism displayed at times was breathtaking, but with it came a fair share of mistakes. The raw talent was clearly there, but was exciting to see was how he progressed each week of the season.
“Kevin’s got the x-factor,” head coach George Kontsis said. “You just can’t coach or teach the x-factor.”
He completed 86 of his 171 (50.3 percent) of his passes for 948 yards and five touchdowns to go along with four picks. The first-year signal caller also did damage with his legs as he rushed for an additional 702 yards and nine touchdowns.
Now as he looks towards his junior campaign, Blount aims to get better.
“Mainly the things I need to work is getting more comfortable in the pocket and getting faster,” he declared.
Blount understands that despite the fact he’s still going to be an underclassman that he will have to be a leader for the Eagles in the season ahead.
“I am going to be a lot more vocal,” he added. “I have more respect this year and when I say something I can get people to listen to me.”
It will only help his cause that most of the team’s skill players on offense will be returning. In total, Walnut Hills returns seven starters on offense.
“This year we’ve got a whole bunch of people coming back, especially at the skill positions,” Blount said. “That’s a great up for me. I’ve got people I can trust to throw the ball to.”
Blount will be the key to Walnut Hills completing in 2013 in what appears to be a very balanced ECC.
FINAL TAKE : Blount has the raw talent, but he will need to progress a bit to get his game and his team to the next level. Taking care of the football and minimizing his mistakes are a must. He has the size and the athleticism not only to make plays, but to shoulder a large workload. The Eagle will be a player that many college coaches will be keeping their eyes on this coming fall.
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