That won’t be the case at Milton High School this fall, where Howie DeCristofaro’s team is poised to be one to the biggest and most physical groups in the state.
At the heart of their physical attack is an offensive line that features as much beef as anyone in Georgia — with four players weighing in at over 265 pounds and over 1,300 pounds of muscle spread across the five positions up front.
“We had a big line last year, but those kids have put a lot of work in this offseason. They are much more mature now and a lot better at what we are coaching them to do,” said DeCristofaro who saw his team go 4-7 in his first year as Milton head coach in 2011, making the playoffs for just the second time since 1999 as a school before losing in the first round to eventual state runner-up Walton.
“We’ve changed our offense a little this year, but we’re still going to run it a lot and those guys fit well into what we are trying to do.”
The Eagles’ offensive line includes a trio of seniors that committed to Division I programs earlier this month — Cory Helms (Wake Forest), Josh Harris (Wake Forest), and Eason Fromayan (University of Cincinnati).
“I call Helms our masher because he is big but also really physical and loves to hit people,” said DeCristofaro of his 6-foot-4, 285 pound center.
“Eason (6-foot-6, 270) is more of a prototypical tackle, a finesse guy with long arms and really quick feet.
Then Harris (6-foot-4, 295) is a combination of them, a big and physical tackle but quick enough to stop that rusher coming off the edge.”
“If we stay healthy up front we should be able to compete with anyone.”
Couple the three powerful seniors with talented sophomore guard Nick Wilson (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) and the dynamic duo of Peyton Barber and Treyvon Paulk at running back and one Eagle is already plotting a big offensive season in 2012.
“This is a team that should set some rushing records,” said Helms, a three-year starter and captain on the offensive line. “We committed early so we could focus on our senior season. Now we want to come out, win our region and make a run towards state.
“With this team and this talent there is no reason not to.”