Coach Breaks Down Newell's Game
Hiawatha (KS) head football coach Christopher Diller has worked with Peyton Newell since his freshman year. The four-star prospect has put up eye-popping numbers throughout his high school career, drawing attention from college football programs across the country. Diller adapted the Indians defense to feature Newell's talents, maximizing the impact the Nebraska commit can have on opposing offenses. "We have him on the edge because of his speed," Diller said of the standout defensive lineman. "We play a five-man front, and I probably have him out of position. He'll probably be an inside guy at the next level." "We come off the edge, and have our other end off the edge. We like to call it ‘meet me in the middle.' Those two rush the quarterback, and if it's a pass, he better get rid of it." Despite having played almost exclusively on the edge, Diller believes Newell can transition to being a two-gap defensive tackle in Nebraska's defense. "I think he's a one-tech, a zero guy," he said. "He can put a lot of pressure on a center and make both guards account for you. He's a bull inside. He's a big, strong kid, and he's quick. I'd love to see him with the strength and conditioning coach up there. I can see him just ballooning up." Having worked with him almost daily for three years, Diller knows what kind of player the Huskers are getting in Newell. The 2014 prospect is a tireless worker that gets the most out of every day. "He's definitely a practice player," Diller said. "You have some guys that, when the lights come on, they play at a different level. He plays at that level every practice. What I've enjoyed most is he drags the other players with him. He's a vocal leader. It's almost like having another coach." Asked what he saw as Newell's ceiling, the veteran head coach couldn't say. "I would hate to label it, because he's going to go past it," he said with a smile. "He hopes to go play big college football and go take the next step. He's got some special tools, but when you get to that level, everybody's got special tools. He's going to fight for it." "His max potential, he hasn't even begun to scratch the surface of that."
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