Passing is the name of the game in 7 on 7s, so Boubacar Cissoko went into the tournament Sunday knowing that he was going to see a number of footballs coming his way. He also knew he had a target on his back, as teams were going to want to see if the five star cover man could live up to the hype. By the end of the day, any remaining doubts seemed to have been answered.
Cass Tech started off against Hemlock and Troy Athens and neither team had a wide receiver that could get off the line against Cissoko, let alone catch a pass. So, he turned his attention to offense, snagging a couple long passes and scoring four touchdowns in the first two games. For someone not accustomed to scoring TDs, it was nice to see him nonchalantly turn and jog back to the huddle… silent as ever after each big play.
As a corner, he really looked as strong and as quick as ever despite being hobbled by a bad case of turf-toe. His press technique is impressive and this was a good chance to see him in different coverages. He did a nice job releasing and communicating to teammates in zone. He didn’t always give his man enough of a chuck before releasing him to the safety in cover 2, but that will be an easy fix. In fact, at times during the scrimmages, Cissoko was seen backpedaling and covering with both hands behind his back. We’ll assume that he wanted to work on his coverage a bit more because it was obvious that his strong press technique was preventing any of his opponents from getting open.
Cass Tech moved on in the tournament to face an Ypsilanti team which featured two very good wide receivers in senior Marvon Sanders, (who has MAC and Big East interest) and junior Donald Spencer, a physical 6’2, 190-lb player. To check out the video of Cissoko's stiffest challenge on the day, follow the links below.
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