Sherrod Postell anchors Charles Henderson defensive line at noseguard

Published 10:36 pm Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sherrod Postell (middle) has been an anchor for the Charles Henderson defense the past two seasons. (Photo/Joey Meredith)

Sherrod Postell (middle) has been an anchor for the Charles Henderson defense the past two seasons. (Photo/Joey Meredith)

When football coaches envision the prototype noseguard, a player like Sherrod Postell is what they want.

Postell, an anchor on the CHHS defensive line for the last two seasons, is Taylor made for the position. At 5-feet-9-inches tall, and 287 pounds, Postell possess the low center of gravity and strength that it takes to clog running lanes and occupy double teams.

The soft-spoken senior said that playing down in the middle is what “he was born to do,” and he relishes the opportunity to do it.

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“I am hard to move down there,” Postell said. “I like to use my strength and size to take on double teams and let Richard (McBryde) and the other linebackers make the plays.”

Charles Henderson head coach, and defensive coordinator, Mike Dean said that Postell is “everything you want in a nose,” and that the defense couldn’t operate as smoothly without the big man down low.

Dean said that with Postell occupying two, and sometimes three, blockers, the other defensive players are free to fly to the football.

“To be a base Okie 3-4 defense you have to have a Postell,” Dean said. “You have to have him to take on the double teams to allow Richard to roam free. It all begins with him up front.”

Postell, a 2012 All-Area selection, said that splitting double team blocks is not as difficult as it sounds.

“I try to get my hands in there and then throw my hips around,” Postell said. “Once you do that, it basically turns in to a one-on-one.”

Although Postell will likely never win a foot race, Dean feels that he has better than average quickness for an interior defensive lineman.

“Everyone wants to talk about forty speed, but football isn’t played in a straight line,” Dean said. “We measure everything in angles, and that’s why we do the shuttle run. Postell is very quick off the football, and has fantastic technique. He is what you want at the noseguard spot.”

Postell and the rest of the Trojans head out on the road for the first time in 2013 Friday night in Tallassee.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.