In the Trenches: Josh Hurst
Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado runs the football. Working from their double wing offense the Coyotes have pounded opponents over the years as they have established themselves as one of the top teams in Colorado going 33-4 the past three seasons. This past season Monarch's run game had two backs eclipse the 1,000 yard mark. One of the key components to this grinding run game is a well schooled offensive line adept at physical play. A key member of the Monarch offensive line and a player to watch for 2013 is 6-3 295 pound Josh Hurst. Last season, as a junior, Hurst garnered multiple postseason honors for his work on the offensive line. Previous to his time on the offensive line Hurst played as a freshman and sophomore on the defensive line. Hurst's size and tough play on both sides of the line of scrimmage have created a player up to the rigors of college line play. Like many Monarch linemen who work in the run first offense, Hurst will need to improve on his pass blocking if he is to succeed in college. Work at camps this offseason should help with this potential shortcoming, but there is little doubt Hurst will be capable of strong play as a run blocker.