Player to Watch: Sam Mabany

Player to Watch: Sam Mabany

2013 Denver South defensive end Sam Mabany's junior campaign and strong offseason are strong indicators of what is to come for this hidden talent.

This past year has been a very good one athletically for 2013 Denver South OT/DE Samuel Mabany. In football Mabany established himself as an up and coming player, while in track, Mabany took 2nd in the state throwing over 52 feet in the 4A championships.

Watching Mabany play, the first attribute that stands out is his tremendous size, Currently Mabany stands 6-6 and weighs in the 240-250 pound range. Even more impressive regarding Mabany's size is how much room there is to grow. His long frame looks very capable of holding 30 more pounds of good weight.

Secondly and potentially more important than his size is Mabany's motor. On the field Mabany, especially on defense, gets after it. Defensively Mabany has a nice first step and plays with relatively good pad level for a kid his size. Due to this Mabany often can pop the offensive lineman's head back, get push and make a play. After initial contact Mabany has the ability to get off the block and make a play.

An added bonus to Mabany's game is his ability to change passing angles. Because of his height and extremely long arms, Mabany is adept at batting down passes. Mabany, also has the ability to play multiple spots on the defensive line, at times moving from defensive end to defensive tackle. At the next level Mabany will be able to play end in both a three man and four man front.

Due to his skill set, motor and size, Mabany is one of the most intriguing players in Colorado. Having already gained 20 pounds of muscle and become more explosive this offseason, there is little doubt Mabany's best football is in front of him.

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