Victor Valley lineman plows the way

In 2008, Victor Valley OG Elisara Esera (6-0, 305) expected to build on a big freshman season and move on to a D-1 program. However, some personal situations took precedence, so a redshirt season was in order. Now, with his sophomore season getting ready to get underway, he focused and ready to show he has what it takes to be a real asset at the next level.

"I came up here and was happy and then some stuff came up personally that I had to take care of," Esera told recently. "It was a little frustrating for me, but I when it comes to stuff like that you have to take care of it or it will demand too much of your time while you're playing ball and you can't be the player you actually are out there."

Esera was a standout on Pasadena's line in 2007, posting quite a few pancakes and not allowing any sacks on his way to being named First Team All-Mission conference.

"I think I can pass and run block just as good as anybody," Esera said. "I like hitting more though. Inside, you get to hit more and be more aggressive and that's what football is all about."

This summer Esera has been hard at work on his conditioning as well as his strength and he said he expects to pick up where he left off after the 2007 season.

"The coaches here really push you," Esera said. "I feel like I'm stronger and more ready for anything that is thrown at me right now. I can't wait to get back out there playing."

Esera prepped at Farrington High School in Honolulu, Hi. and said that he would love to return to the islands if the chance arises.

"I haven't gotten a lot of interest yet, but I think that's because coaches and staffs don't know that I'm still available," Esera noted. "I'd love to go play at Hawaii and I think they are interested in me, but I wouldn't mind going anywhere to play so I just want to keep playing ball."

Esera will be eligible to sign with a school in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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