"It was great blocking for Dante'," said Brother Martin offensive tackle Ryan Hoefeld, who was a rare sophomore starter in the Catholic League. "I worked hard all summer in the preseason, and the coaches gave me a chance once the season began.
"Two weeks before the jamboree, I beat out two seniors for the right offensive tackle position."
"Elbert showed me a lot of things and gave me pointers," said Hoefeld (6-3, 265). "I think he was one of the most underrated players in the state. Jordan (Southern Miss signee) helped me learn the calls, and I thanked both of those guys a lot during the season and afterward."
What's on Hoefeld's agenda in the future and which colleges does he favor?
"I was invited to Southern Miss' football camp," he said. "I really like them. I watched them recruit Jordan, and I liked how that went for him.
"I also love the SEC. I grew up around LSU and that's my dream school. I have a relative, Chad Walker, who used to coach at LSU. He's currently coaching at Bryant."
Later this month, Hoefeld will be participating in the Under Armour Combine (in New Orleans). He recently broke Fulgham's school-record in the bench press by hefting 350 pounds.