Orum leads Eagles in to second half of seasonPublished 8:38pm Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Deangelo Orum didn’t asked to be a leader. He said it “just kind of happened.”
Orum, the humble, soft-spoken quarterback of the Goshen Eagles, will try to steer the team back to the playoffs for a fifth-consecutive season.
Over the past few seasons, Orum has lined up at nearly every position on the field for the Eagles. In the past, he has spent time at wide receiver, running back, corner, safety and linebacker. This season, he stepped in to the role of quarterback.
“It was a little new at the start,” Orum said. “But now I am a lot more comfortable, and have the chance to help the team with my arm, and my legs. I just want us to be as good as we can be. It doesn’t matter where I play.”
As big as Orum has been for the Eagles on the field, Goshen head coach Bart Snyder feels that Orum’s impact off the field will be his biggest legacy.
“Ever since I have been at Goshen, which is a long, long time, we have been blessed to have some of the best young men from this area play for us,” Snyder said. “Deangelo is right up there with the Marcus Jackson, Jared Gibson, Austin Bennett, Carlton Bean and the lest goes on. They are all really good kids that love that school and that community. It makes coaching easy.”
Despite all Orum has accomplished in his career, he still sees room from improvement.
The Eagles currently sit 2-3 overall, but 2-1 in region play, and have a chance to make the playoffs for the fifth year in a row, something that has never happened at Goshen.
“I need to be a better leader for these guys,” Orum said. “I need to push them a little bit harder. We all must work harder, in the weight room, conditioning, everything. That starts with me. If I go harder, it sets an example for everyone else.”
Goshen hosts region-foe Elba at 7 p.m., Friday.