PROFILE 2003: Stephen Pahlman (OL)

The Wing-T offense generally allows teams with smaller, athletic linemen to gain an advantage by deception and misdirection. Instead to bulling ahead with brute force, the offensive line is asked to seal off lanes and pull off the line for trap blocks. <br> So what does a Wing-T coach do when he has a BIG athletic lineman who is more suited for a standard running attack?

Simply try to get the most out of him on each and every play.

 

That's been the game plan for coach Larry Dolan at Forrest County High School in Brooklyn, Miss., with standout lineman Steven Pahlman. The Aggies run behind Pahlman every chance they get but have had to avoid becoming predictable in the process. But because of Pahlman's quickness and athletic ability, Dolan can move him up and down the line and mix his plays to keep the opposing defense on his heels.

 

"He's capable of playing anywhere along the line," said Dolan. "He's a real competitive player, not real flashy, and fits in well with the style of play we feature."

 

Some colleges apparently feel Pahlman will be a good fit for their systems as well. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman is drawing interest from schools around the Southeast and has seen serious attention from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and LSU, according to Dolan. Pahlman has attained qualifying academic status and remains wide open regarding his college choice.

 

"Steven just turned 16 so he's going to graduate as a 17-year-old," said Dolan. "He's also dropped some weight from football season. He'll probably play for us at 285 and 290 and will likely get bigger once he's in college."

Pahlman also played on the defensive line for Forrest County as a sophomore, but Dolan expects him to be used as a offensive guard on the next level.

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