Going into the first game of the 2014 season, Butte High’s football team will be led by four seasoned senior captains.
Tyler Wonnacott, Clay Dean, Jake Urich and Brock LaPier were selected to represent their teammates, and Bulldog head coach Arie Grey likes the choices.
“These guys are all great leaders,” Grey observed. “It’s good to have these guys bringing the younger players along.”
Wonnacott is a 6-foot, 185-pound linebacker who hasn’t seen a lot of time at the position due to the fact that he’s been the backup quarterback the past two seasons.
“Wonno’s been biding his time,” Grey said. “His natural position is linebacker and it’ll be exciting to see what he does there. I’m glad he’s finally getting his chance.”
Dean, a 5-10, 175-pounder, will split time at running back and safety. A likely valedictorian next spring, Grey says Dean is the smartest player on the field, but that’s not his sole attribute.
“Clay is the kind of guy I have to kick out of the weight room,” Grey said. “And he’s the kind of safety who is going to come up and hit you. He finishes like nobody.”
Urich checks in at 6-3, 225 pounds, and is the only returning starter on the offensive line.
“Jake didn’t have any problem moving from guard to tackle for us,” Grey noted. “He’s a great leader and does a nice job with the younger guys.”
LaPier is a 6-1, 153-pound receiver/defensive back whom Grey said simply willed himself to be the player he has become.
“Brock works so hard every single day,” Grey said. “He’ll be throwing with Dylan (Cook) or he’ll be in the weight room. He’s a special kid and I think he’s going to open a lot of eyes this year playing Z. We’re going to need some production out of him there.”