Carson Byrd looking to open some eyes as his junior season gets going

Midway High School Panther Defensive End Carson Byrd grew up a Baylor Bears fan and watched every game. Even though he didn’t start playing football until seventh grade, it didn’t take him long to get acclimated to the sport and really enjoy it.

“I play the game for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I give all the glory to him. He has blessed me with the opportunity to play football and He deserves the praise for my accomplishments,” Byrd said.

Byrd credits his parents for helping him become the person he is today.

“…My mom always looks out for me and wants me to be safe and my dad is always looking for ways to help develop me as a man. Every mistake I have made he has used as a teaching moment for my growth.”

The six-foot-one, 245 pound junior and Waco, Texas native moved to defensive line his freshman year and he realized at that point he could make a difference on that side of the ball.

He currently doesn’t have any scholarship offers with the 2018 season still young, but he has high-interest in Abilene Christian, University of Texas-San Antonio, University of North Texas and Sothern Methodist University. While that is the case, he maintains that he is open to any school that would give him an opportunity.

“In my recruitment process, I hope to start seeing my interest rise throughout my junior year. I plan to turn heads this year and show that you don’t have to be six-foot-four to play defensive line at a high level.”

In 2017, Carson Byrd recorded 14 tackles (10 solo), one tackle for loss and one sack. In his last game versus the Killeen Kangaroos, he recorded 11 tackles and two tackles for loss.

“He has such a big motor and takes every rep like it’s his last so from the moment I saw him my first spring here I knew he had a chance,” Midway Panthers Defensive Line Coach Aaron Nowell said. “The moment I knew he would be a guy was during an inside run period and he stoned a doubled team, split it and made the tackle.”

Nowell said that Carson Byrd put in major work in the offseason in the weight room and on his footwork and it paid off during fall camp.

“He established himself as a guy who can make plays last year, I would like to see him become more of a vocal leader this season.  It’s a conversation we had back in the spring and he is working every day to establish himself in that role,” Nowell said about his 2018 expectations for Byrd.

Byrd said that he is most effective when rushing the passer but likes to stop the run. His quick first step off of the line of scrimmage helps to make tackles on the edge.

“My mentality on the field is to do my job every single play. My job may not be making the tackle every single time, but it may be me taking on blockers that allows my guys to make plays.”

To go along with his mentality, Byrd agrees with Howell about Byrd’s motor being a big part of his game. He loves chasing after ball carriers and wearing down offensive linemen and quarterbacks. Working on his hand and feet quickness are things he feels will help him stand out on film this season.

The Midway Panthers (1-1, 1-0 6A Region II District 12) play a home conference game against the Ellison Eagles (1-2, 1-0 6A Region II District 12) on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 pm Central Time.