Keep an eye on: Calvin Throckmorton

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Calvin Throckmorton started to laugh. He had just been asked what he found in football that attracted him to the sport.

“I love just being able to hit somebody and it being legal,” he said.

At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, the sophomore (Bellevue, Wash./Newport) enjoys the physical nature of the sport. He has been playing since fourth grade, working his way into the Knights’ starting lineup early in his career.

“It’s just a lot of fun for me,” he said. “It’s just been a great experience. All of these coaches have just helped me out so much. I just think it’s going to help me even more in the future. Getting that experience now will help me be better when I’m a junior and a senior.”

Throckmorton starts on Newport’s defensive line and is also a member of the school’s varsity basketball program.

“There’s definitely a big difference between football and basketball, but I guess basketball helps me learn how to use my body more,” he said.

The footwork he has honed through hoops has helped him on the football field. He wants to work on his speed to the point where he can play defensive end and tight end for the Knights. But, his college future might lead him to the offensive line.

“Right now, he fits where he’s at, but I think at the next level, he’s probably going to be an offensive lineman -- right tackle, left tackle, somewhere in there,” Newport coach Mike Miller said.

“He has a big, huge body. We’ve been working really hard on getting him low and he’s been doing great with that. We’ve still got him on one side of the ball, but I’m sure in the future he’ll be on both sides of the ball, kicking butt. He’s doing a great job.”

Throckmorton said he would be fine with one day moving to the offensive line.

“I’ve heard from some people that would be a good spot for me,” he said. “It would definitely be a possibility.”

While he wants to eventually play college football, he has a hard time looking that far ahead. Right now, he is enjoying his sophomore season.

“I would love to play at the next level,” he said. “It’s a long way away. If I keep improving, maybe I can get there.”