BOGOTA — It happens every fall in high school football.
Running backs become wide receivers. Guys shuffle spots on the offensive line. Linebackers shift to defensive back, and so on and so forth based on teams’ needs.
But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a player who has made a more interesting or dramatic position switch than Bogota junior Brennen Rodgers. After all, it’s not every day a 6-foot-4, 240-pound center becomes a quarterback.
“Well, he did pass the ball a lot last season,” Bogota coach Nick DeStefano said with a big smile. “It was just backwards and between his legs.”
DeStefano began thinking about this move midway through last season when an assistant coach commented on how well Rodgers was throwing the ball after practice. It was too late in the season to make such a drastic move then, but the seeds were planted.
“When coach brought it up, I listened,” Rodgers said. “So far I love it. I like embracing the offense.”