Dillard ready to make his own mark

Last year it was Cedric Dockery. This year Barry Dillard is ready to take what "C-Dock" handed down to him and make his own mark.

It's normally pretty tough to be over-shadowed when you stand at 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds. Barry Dillard though last year played next to one of the best offensive guards in the country, Cedric Dockery.

Dillard made his mark though. His team boasted the district's leading rusher and his team led the district in rushing. It just so happens that run-blocking is Dillard's forte.

"Overall I'd say I'm a better run-blocker than I am a pass-blocker," Dillard said. "It's my aggresive style."

Dillard's aggressive style of play wasn't overly aggresive. He still remembered to take care of business on each down. He graded out on the season at 86% and only allowed two sacks. His 315 pound bench press and 520 pound squat didn't hurt his play.

It's that type of performance that have some very big schools taking a look again at Garland Lakeview Centennial. Dillard is hearing from Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Miami, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Boston College, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Michigan State. At this point Texas A&M is sending the most mail to Dillard.

"I'd say that right now I am favoring Miami, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M in that order," Dillard said.

Although Nebraska has yet to mail Barry he said, "Oh yeah I'd like to hear from Nebraska. That's a real good school, the Cornhuskers."

Last year Barry had a unique opportunity to learn under one of the nation's best offensive lineman. What did he learn from watching and playing with Cedric Dockery?

The experience was good. He taught me how to play through pressure and pain. He also taught me how to learn from my mistakes, forget them and move onto the next play."

Although Dillard and the rest of his Lakeview Centennial team play in one of the toughest districts in 5A Texas competition he expects to win district next year.

Bryan Munson of HuskerConnection.com can be reached at NURules@comcast.net.

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