It’s been mentioned before, yet it bears repeating, each Tiger line may be the best thing Nation’s squad has going for it.
The offensive line — LT Cole Ridgeway (6-3, 300), LG Jake Stinson (6-0, 255), C Brandon Arrington (6-0, 240), RG Yatika Warrington (6-1, 245) and RT Josh Farley (6-3, 275) — is as big as ever and it’s got a bunch of capable backs for whom to block.
That kind of football plays into the Tigers’ identity, one that continues to come along as one tough hombre of a team.
Jenks and Union have it, Nation said. When the Trojans or Redskins get off the bus, no matter the night, they’re ready to play and the world knows it.
He sees his Tigers coming along in the same vein.
“You want people to come in and know they’re going to get hit in the mouth, know you’re going to be physical and know that you’re going to take every opportunity to pound the football,” Nation said. “That’s our MO. That’s what we’re trying to achieve here.”
The Tigers can be boring to talk about and maybe not a whole lot of fun to watch, but they’ve been dauntingly effective for three seasons now and see no reason why that should change in this one.
“We do the little things right,” said senior defensive end Cade Parker, who’s bound to get a carry or two when the Tigers really need a yard or two. “When you do the little things right, they build up and become good plays and you win games.”
Nation understands that he’s going against the modern grain of spread and uptempo offensive football.
“We are the total opposite and I think that’s why everybody looks at us and considers us someone who’s not going to make ripples in the water,” he said, “because we’re a slow-down, run-the-football, assignment-type offense.”