Focus 2014: Katy LB Jake Blomstrom

When the Katy Tigers, the nation's 4th-ranked team, take the field this week for their opener vs. (Galena Park) North Shore, only one starter will be a sophomore: LB Jake Blomstrom.

Katy has one of the most revered programs in Texas, and it's very rare for a sophomore to garner much playing time on the varsity squad. Not many 10th-graders, however, are 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebackers, as is Jake Blomstrom.

"It will be my first game as a starter," said Blomstrom of this week's tilt vs. North Shore. "The more reps I get, the more comfortable I think I'll be. Last year, I played on the freshman team and learned the basic structure of the defense.

"I'm an inside, mike, strongside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. My teammates have treated me the same as any other player. They support me and pat me on the back when I do a good job, and help me learn from my mistakes when I mess up."

Katy, which reached the Class 5A Division I semifinals last year (lost to eventual state champ Pearland), is ranked No. 4 in the nation, according to Fox Sports/

"We have a solid defense and an all-around, good offense," said Blomstrom. "We try to be a good, disciplined football team that also does well on special teams. We hope to win our district."

In 2010, Katy faced North Shore twice, routing the Mustangs (44-6) in the regular season and winning a much closer (32-27) decision in a postseason rematch.

Blomstrom, who moved to the Houston area from Louisiana two years ago, is a fan of SEC programs LSU and Alabama, as well as Texas. He's also an excellent baseball (first base/third base) prospect.

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