Reed City senior set to have key season at linebacker

REED CITY — Tyler Kerr is a senior tight end and outside linebacker for Reed City’s football team looking for his second varsity season to be his best.

This marks the third full week of preseason practices and Kerr was among the players keeping busy during the summer. He was a backup on offense and defense last season and started on special teams.

This season, Kerr is looking for action at outside linebacker and tight end.

As a tight end, “I try to be fast off the line,” Kerr said. “I try not to get held up, but run nice crisp routes and try to stay open. On the run, I try to make dominant blocks and help out my inside tackle.”

Reed City is expected to continue to be a run-oriented offense with occasional passing. If and when the ball comes his way, Kerr said he’s ready.

“I worked on my hands this summer,” he said. “I feel I’m making progress.

“I did a lot of lifting to try to make myself better and put on some weight. I feel ready to go for another half after the fourth quarter.”

As an outside linebacker, “I’m really physical,” Kerr said. “I jam the tight end really good and try to keep the outside edge as much as possible.”

He indicated his two positions are equal.

“But I’d say my favorite spot is outside linebacker,” he said. “My favorite spot is outside linebacker. I like to get in there and be physical.”

The Coyotes start their regular season on Friday against North Muskegon. They open defense of their five straight Central State Activities Association titles on Sept. 2 with Newaygo. Both are home games.

“We’re young and we’re small, but we’re definitely strong in the mind,” Kerr said. “We have the will to win. If we keep working hard in the weight room we’ll be fine.”