In his senior season, Liberty (Bealeton, VA) defensive lineman Wyatt Teller showed why he was such a coveted recruit. There was the production. The 6’5″, 270-pound prospect tallied 123 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and 11 sacks, and four forced fumbles in 12 games for the Eagles. Beyond the statistics, however, Teller proved to be a quality teammate.
“Wyatt and the other seniors did a good job of showing the younger players what they had to do,” Eagles first year head coach Sean Finnerty said. “Wyatt was a great example of a player putting the team before himself. In addition to being a starter at defensive end, he played on the offensive line. He played tight end. He moved back to the offensive line, and then we played him at fullback. Now, it wasn’t tough to convince him to play fullback over the offensive line (laughs), but the bottom line is he would do things for the team he might not be used to doing.”
Finnerty reflected further on the player and the person.
“I don’t think I’m going to have a kid that can take away one half of the field like he did. Teams just did not run on his side, but he still put up good numbers,” Finnerty said. “He was catching guys from behind. He was unblockable. He shut down half the field. I don’t think I’ll have that again. Personality-wise, I’ve been his position coach since his freshman year. I’ve been with him on recruiting trips. I know him as well as any kid I’ve ever coached. We have a good relationship. I’m sad to see him go.”
Teller has the size of a major college player. He is also an avid weightlifter, so strength may not be an issue when transitioning to Virginia Tech, the school he verbally committed to last August. If he can grasp his defensive responsibilities and if the need is...
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