Commentary

Banner enjoys leadership role

Lakewood (Wash.) OL relishes the task of being the big man on campus

Updated: October 20, 2011, 11:50 AM ET
By Erik McKinney | We Are SC
Offensive tackle Zach Banner isn't as intimidating as he first appears. Of course, that statement only holds true for those of us who aren't defensive ends, crouched in a three-point stance and wondering how to navigate around the 6-foot-8, 305-pound lineman. For the rest of us, and specifically the students at Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes High School, Banner is a gentle giant.

"His personality is bigger than his physicality," Lakes head coach Dave Miller said of Banner. "He's a tremendous kid. He cares about people and has a desire to excel."