Episcopal linebacker-safety Polk Kellam isn’t the kind of player who makes the heads of college recruiters spin. It’s a different story when it comes to opponents.
“He’s a headhunter,” teammate Weldon Rotenberg said. “He’s a guy who loves to hit people and he’d be in on every tackle if he could.
“You won’t catch him out of position very often. Even when that happens, Polk almost always finds a way to make the play.”
In last week’s 22-18 victory over Class 3A North Vermilion, two other Episcopal players made key defensive plays.
Kellam was the hard-hitting steady presence for the Knights (1-0). He finished with 15 tackles, including 11 solos in the nondistrict game
“I love playing linebacker,” Kellam said. “Especially with the guys we have on our defensive line, things have been opening up for me which allows me to make plays.
“I’m playing a different position this year. Last year I played more on the inside. Now I’m more on the outside, more like a safety on some plays.”
Kellam stands 6-foot and weighs 170 pounds and is in his second year as a starter for the Class 2A Knights (1-0), who travel to Plaquemine to play 1A St. John (0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Plaquemine’s CoPac Stadium.
“If our defense sticks with the system and game plan we have, I think we’ve got a pretty good shot at shutting the other team down,” Kellam said.