Steverman moving on |

Steverman moving on

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Chuck Smith/Thin Air PhotographyTruckee defensive end Kyle Steverman eyes Spring Creek running back James Edwards during the state semifinal game in Spring Creek last season. Steverman was invited to walk on to the Monterey Peninsula College football team.

As a quarterback, trying to find ” then focus on ” a streaking target with 6-foot-6-inch Kyle Steverman looming large cannot be an easy task.

That’s just what opposing QBs had to deal with when playing the 3A state champion Wolverines the last couple seasons.

“The thing that helps Kyle is that he’s 6-6 and he has the size and arm length to make quarterbacks have to throw over them,” said Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer. “Just the intimidating factor with his size, when he started rushing quarterbacks, they had to change their throwing motion.”

While the Truckee defensive end could easily be spotted on a field standing a helmet above other high school football players, he’s still likely to tower over the majority even at the next level.

That next level for Steverman is the (California) Coast Conference, where the recent Truckee grad was invited to walk on to the Monterey Peninsula College football team.

“We liked all aspects of his potential,” said Mike Rasmussen, head coach of the Monterey Peninsula Lobos. “He has great size, intelligence, attitude and athleticism. I think most coaches would see his size and see Division I potential there.”

Although Steverman said he is not sure yet whether he will redshirt his freshman year, Rasmussen thinks stepping right in to the starting rotation certainly is not out of the question. In fact, he described Steverman’s chances as “very good.”

“A lot depends on coming in shape and competing hard,” Rasmussen said. “He has tremendous potential and up side, so we’re very excited to have him coming.”

Steverman, who earned all-league honorable mention last year as a lineman, is working with a personal trainer to improve his game while growing bigger and stronger.

Thus far his regimen is working, as Steverman said he has jumped from 215 pounds to 220. His goal is to reach 230 or 235 pounds before the Lobos’ season starts in August.

“I’m a little nervous,” Steverman said about playing college football, “but I don’t think it’ll be too much different (than high school). Just the level of play will be higher.”

And, his Wolverine teammates will not be by his side ” although two friends from Truckee, Jimmy Williams and Nathan Wrenn, attend Monterey Peninsula and helped influence Steverman’s decision.

“I don’t think it’ll ever be the same,” Steverman said of parting ways with Truckee football. “It was really fun playing for Truckee. A lot of us were together since Pop Warner.”

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