Curry the Man in the Middle

When looking for the heart of the Round Rock Stony Point defense, most eyes don't wander far from the middle.

That's the spot manned by Marcos Curry, a 2013 linebacker who impresses with his speed (4.63) and his hitting ability. According to Stony Point coach Craig Chessher, most collisions with Curry end with the running back going backwards, which is why he was named defensive MVP of his district as a sophomore.

This season, things haven't quite gone as expected for Stony Point, though the defense has been pretty typically excellent.

"As a defense, we're just trying to win games," Curry said. "Our offense is really inexperienced, and we had a lot of guys move up from JV.

"We hit hard, we work hard and we don't give up," Curry said. "They're my brothers."

Curry is the defense's middle linebacker, and while he's exceptional there in high school, his size (5-foot-10, 205 pounds) would probably dictate a move to the outside, or as a combination linebacker/safety at the next level. Curry has been talking with Tulsa early on, and said he has a lot of interest in TCU.

But perhaps his biggest accomplishment might be that he was able to start for a veteran-laden Stony Point squad as a sophomore. Chessher makes no mistake about the fact that he doesn't play younger players often, and rarely before they're absolutely needed. So why was Curry different?

"It pretty much has to do with maturity," Curry said. "I feel like I was pretty mature. I went to a good middle school and had good coaching there, so I was really well-prepared. Plus, I'm not afraid to hit."

He'll need to continue to hit if Stony Point is going to turn its season around.

"We probably need to win three district games to stay in (for the playoffs)," Curry said. "We just have to keep our heads up and keep moving forward. Because we definitely can do it."

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