|Doebbler is 'inspiration' because of work ethic|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Sept. 22, 2006 - COMO - When it comes to leadership on a football team, senior transfer Bryant Doebbler is a blessing in disguise to head coach Joe Ryzman.
"We have a senior move-in in Bryant Doebbler and he has been an inspiration to us all because of the kid's hard work ethic. He works as hard or harder than anybody else on our team," said Ryzman. "What else impresses me about this kid is that he is a total team player. In the game of football, it is not about me but the team, and this kid through his actions personifies what the team concept is all about."
Doebbler, the son of Trey and Laurie Whiteman, made the move from Class 3A Bandera - which is an hour-and-a-half from San Antonio - and said his leadership role started with head coach Guy Grover.
"In Bandera, we were instilled with the team-first aspect of the game and that you take care of your team first," he said. "Even before the game, if someone had a specific need or if someone was hurt you made sure that they were all right and gave them a little extra help. I guess that is where I got my leadership role is to be able to pick people up."
While at Bandera, Doebbler was on the football team, ran cross country and was also a member of the school's first powerlifting team.
Doebbler is now the starting outside linebacker and back-up offensive guard as the coaches changed players around for tonight's game due to the injury of Kenny Turner. He makes the change from back-up running back to back-up offensive guard in place of Turner.
Ryzman said with only five seniors on the football team in Alex Mowat, Reece Caddell, Turner, Doebbler and Brent Rutledge, Doebbler will step in and play wherever coach needs him to play in practice.
"He is big on his leadership role through his actions and he will jump in wherever we need a player on the scout team and goes 100 percent," the coach said. "If we need to move him from one position to another because of an injury, he will do it and give his total 100-percent effort with no complaints."
With the loss of Turner to a broken foot against Celeste, Doebbler said the entire team needs to pick up its intensity and game play to fill the void left on the line.
"We have to pick it up 100 percent, and we have to play a lot harder since Kenny is hurt to make up for our loss," he said. "The harder we can perform and go 100 percent, it will help make up for him being out."
He said with their game against Union Hill tonight he hopes the Eagles can come out with their first win of the year after being outscored 47-7 in their first two games.�
"Hopefully we can come out with a win tonight and not make as many mistakes as we have in the first two games of the year," Doebbler said.
With the leadership that is shown by Doebbler during the first two games, Ryzman said he puts the team first over any individual accomplishments that he works toward.
"He gets out there and will do whatever is best for the team and that is really the kind of athlete that you appreciate," the coach said.
Doebbler said the way that he helps his teammates is the way the entire Eagles roster finds ways to be successful.
"I feel like it is to help everybody and to do my part to give everybody encouragement. When we are down, I hope to help pick everybody up and that is the role of every single person on this team," he said. "I think every game that goes by we are going to improve a lot. The more that we improve, the more games that we are going to win and we have just got to learn from our mistakes each time."
In their 32-0 loss to Rivercrest in the season opener, Doebbler recorded one tackle for the Eagles.