September 18, 2007
Albany -- The Monroe football team heads into this week's game with a perfect 3-0 record, and a big reason why is 6'2", 290 lineman David Noel.
"Oh, we're glad to have him on our side," says head coach Charles Truitt.
Noel anchors both the Tornados offense and defensive lines, and the senior is happy to set a strong example for his team.
Noel says, "A lot of teams look to block me, so it frees up a lot of linebackers, or they can run the ball behind me, anytime (on offense)."
Truitt adds, "He's a big part of our offense and defense right now. When he goes, we go, offensively and defensively."
The Monroe lineman is attracting a lot of attention from colleges.
"Basically, every team in the Southeast in Division I wants me," says Noel, "SEC and ACC."
He's also attracting attention from his opponents during the games.
Noel says, "Everybody wants to play you. Every team, they're shooting at you. They want to take you out, or beat your team, and say, 'I played against this guy, and I beat his team.'"
Noel says the college decision can wait, right now he's focused on one goal.
"State championship?" says Noel. "That sounds nice to me. Very nice."
Most colleges are looking to play David Noel as a defensive tackle at the next level.
Monroe plays Hancock Saturday at 7pm at Hugh Mills Stadium.