Geibel lineman makes transition to running back
Because the Geibel football team has a roster of just 16 players, it's not shocking that most, if not all, have to learn to play multiple positions.
That's certainly the case for sophomore Dawson McIntyre. McIntyre will see plenty of time on offense and defense, just like many of his teammates.
However, McIntyre is making somewhat of an unusual transition.
As a freshman, McIntyre had to play along the offensive line out of necessity for the Gators. But this year, he's coming off the line and will be running behind it as one of the featured tailbacks.
“I enjoy the running back position,” McIntyre said. “It's taken a while to adjust, but I've gotten through it, and camp has really helped.”
According to new Geibel football coach Pete Nace, McIntyre (5-foot-6, 176 pounds) is much more suited to be running rather than blocking.
“Last year, he played the line for us, but he is really a running back,” Nace said. “He's learning to play super quick. Dawson is a natural running back, but last year, there was no other choice but to have him on the line. He busts his butt no matter what you ask him to do.”
During the first week of camp, illness ravaged many of the Geibel players, forcing the Gators to curtail their workouts and cancel their first scrimmage. McIntyre was one of the players that was affected, but he pushed through it as best he could.
“He was sick, but he toughed it out and still ran and did his work,” Nace said. “He has real determination. He is capable of anything. I know these kids can do anything they set their minds to it, and Dawson is no exception.”
In addition to playing on the offensive line, McIntyre played one game at wide receiver during his freshman year. But this year will mark his first taste of action as a varsity running back.
“I would enjoy getting some touchdowns and helping my team as much as I can,” McIntyre said.
McIntyre will also play a role on defense, working as a cornerback. His approach to the position isn't complicated.
“I just like covering the man,” McIntyre said. “It's a very simple job but a very important job.”
McIntyre knows that he and his teammates will be tested throughout the course of the season, but he is thrilled with the way the team already has come together.
“There's a great relationship between everyone,” McIntyre said. “There's been a lot of bonding as a team. Everybody is working really hard.”
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.