Young Plum tackle shares conference honors with big names
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Plum varsity football head coach Matt Morgan hopes that 6-foot-4, 330-pound sophomore offensive tackle Jake Tecak will be a big part of the program's future, along with numerous other promising underclassmen.
In the present, Tecak is among some of the top offensive tackles in the WPIAL.
Tecak has been named to the All-Quad Central second team at offense tackle in a vote of the conference's coaches.
“This is a great accomplishment as a sophomore,” Morgan said.
“There are three or four Division I tackles on this list, and it's really tough to get on it. There are some really great players on all nine teams.”
Senior Mike Grimm (6-6, 325-pounds) from Bethel Park, a Pitt recruit, and Upper St. Clair senior Ben Huss, a 6-3, 275-pound Division I prospect, are the two tackles on the first team.
Tecak is on the second team with Woodland Hills' Dan Gibson, a 6-3, 265-pound junior.
Honorable mention offensive tackles are Sterling Jenkins from Baldwin, a 6-8, 300-pound junior who has received several Division I offers, and 6-2, 280-pound senior Dave Daugherty from Upper St. Clair.
“Jake got a lot better as the season went on,” Morgan said.
“He's athletic for his size, and he is learning to do more with that size. Defensive linemen and linebackers had a hard time getting around him. He has bought into the system, and he can improve if he keeps at it in the weight room and in offseason workouts.”
Two Plum sophomores — tight end Zach Nolan and wide receiver Patrick Crossey — received honorable-mention recognition. Senior Hunter Fenk also was an honorable-mention selection along the defensive line.
Morgan said Fenk, Nolan and Crossey were very deserving of the all-conference honor and that a couple more players from the Mustangs deserved to be on the team.
Plum finished the 2013 season 1-9. The Mustangs snapped a 25-game losing streak with a 30-22 victory over Greensburg-Salem in an underclassmen-only game on Oct. 30.
“We took our lumps this year, but we have a lot of young kids back,” Morgan said.
“They need to continue to work hard if they want to turn things around. We expect a lot out of them next year.”
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.
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