What’s good news for Broad Run High School football is bad news for their opposition… Alex Field has gotten much bigger and faster since last season. The 2003 Dulles District Player of the Year is now up to 260-pounds and has lessened his 40-yard dash time to 4.8 seconds, making him an even more confident and dangerous player heading into his senior year.
“Basically, I’ve been working in the weight room and running on the track,” Field said of his off-season. “I’m about 260-pounds now. I’ve gained 20 pounds since last season. I don’t really feel much different [with the added weight]. I’ve actually gotten faster than before. My teammates tell me all the time that they notice I’m a lot faster. I timed myself at school the other day and I ran a 4.8 in the 40. I’ve only run the 40 once before, and that was during my freshman year. I ran a 5.0 then.
“Besides [working in the weight room and running], I’ve just been doing passing drills to help with my hands.”
Field will continue to play tight end and defensive end for Broad Run. He could play either position once he gets to UVa, or he could conceivably grow into an offensive lineman. He would prefer to play tight end or defensive end but will play wherever Coach Groh and company feel is best for him.
“I actually talked to Coach [Al] Groh about this and he said they would see how I grow and develop and then they would decide which position would be better for me,” Field said. “They haven’t said one position or another.”
Field, who committed to UVa on February 24, 2004, has continued to receive interest from other Division I-A schools since his commitment. According to Broad Run Head Coach Ken Belchik, Maryland officially offered Field during the May Evaluation period.
“Tennessee, Ohio State, Clemson and Maryland have been recruiting me,” Field said. “I told them all that I’ve verbally committed to U.Va. and that I’m set with my choice. Ever since I made the verbal commitment I haven’t been looking anywhere else. I’m very happy with my decision.”
Field has kept in touch with the Virginia coaches during the Spring and Summer. Specifically, he has been keeping in contact with Coach Mark D’Onofrio.
”I’ve talked to Coach D (Mark D’Onofrio) over the phone,” Field said. “He’s a really cool guy. We’ve had some really great conversations. Other than that, he sends me letters and post cards to keep in touch.”
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