Practice Tour: Bryce Kennedy

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. --- Bryce Kennedy will start and primarily play left tackle for Pinecrest this coming season like he's done in previous seasons.

However, the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder has received practice reps at guard and center this preseason to add versatility to his repertoire and prepare for his collegiate career, which will likely be as an interior lineman.

"[At guard on the collegiate level], he's going to need to be able to pull more," Pinecrest head coach Chris Metzger said. "If he moves to center, he's going to need to communicate a little bit better and gain more experience at snapping – he has some."

Albeit limited to practice, the transition hasn't been difficult for Kennedy.

"It's pretty much the same thing," Kennedy said. "Center is kind of different, because you're snapping the ball and then getting your hands up. But other than that, it's pretty much the same thing."

For the 2011 season, Pinecrest is hoping to take the next step. In the five seasons prior to Metzger's arrival, the Patriots won five games total. After going 2-9 in Metzger's first season in 2007, Pinecrest has posted three consecutive winning seasons – a 10-3 season sandwich between two seven-win seasons.

"The expectations now are we're really stepping up with who we're playing – that's the big thing," Metzger said. "We open up with Jack Britt, the winningest program of this decade and they're a well-coached team and a team that does things right. That's a great challenge for us. We just want to rise to that occasion and we know we have to."

To achieve its goal, Pinecrest will be leaning heavily on a veteran offensive line, which is led by Kennedy.

"We just ask Bryce to be that guy on the left side to anchor the offense," Metzger said. "More than anything, we ask him to set the example and do the little things that are necessary."

"I'm a leader now, because I'm a senior," Kennedy said. "I've got to keep my team going. It's time to step up and hopefully go all the way."

Although his senior football season will take precedence, Kennedy will give his recruitment attention during the season.

"Recruiting wise, I haven't put too much thought into it lately," Kennedy said. "I'm still visiting schools and talking to coaches and seeing what fits me best. But, I'm trying to focus on my season."

While he doesn't have a firm list of favorite schools, Kennedy says he's mainly considering Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. He has visited each of the aforementioned schools with the exception of East Carolina and Wake Forest, which he plans on doing during the season.

Kennedy, who originally planned to have a verbal commitment made by this point, is looking to decide sometime during the season.

"I want to get my mom to these different schools with me to help me see which schools fit me best," Kennedy said.

Kennedy says the uncertainty surrounding UNC's coaching staff, stemming from Butch Davis' untimely dismissal, won't harm the Tar Heels' chances.

"It's still one of my top schools," Kennedy said. "I think they're going to be good regardless. But I do want to see how the new coach comes in and runs the team."

Since Davis' dismissal, Kennedy has had a few conversations with Sam Pittman, his primary recruiter and UNC's offensive line coach.

"As a matter of fact, I talked to Coach Pittman the day it happened," Kennedy said. "He was telling me everything was going to be alright. I'm going to go up there and meet the coaches and see some games."

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