The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

August 23, 2013

Blessing moves to TE for Patriots

Former quarterback is familiar with playing on the line

BY ROB WITZEL
sports@dancomnews.com

---- — WEST LEBANON, Ind. — In 2012 Cole Blessing was the quarterback for the Seeger Patriots as a sophomore. While the team’s focus was on running the ball, Blessing got the job done and helped lead his team to fourth place in the Wabash River Conference standings.

In 2013 Blessing has moved from behind center to outside the tackle.

Now a junior, Blessing will be moving away from the most glamorous of positions to the less popular tight end position, and the young man couldn’t be happier about it.

“I want to play tight end because that’s what will benefit our team the most” Blessing said.

Coach Tom Cook believes that while the move benefits the team as a whole it also benefits Blessing as an individual.

“He did a fine job (at quarterback) last year, but really (tight end) is a better position for him” Cook said.

While the change of position will take some adjusting, Blessing has experience playing on the offensive line.

Blessing had played quarterback for the past four years, dating back to the seventh grade. But before that Blessing had played center, guard and tight end in third grade through sixth grade.

The junior also suits up on defense where he plays the same position as his favorite player, Dwight Freeney, former defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts.

When asked how he felt about the upcoming season, Blessing is excited and inspired to say the least.

“We have been working hard and focusing on becoming more disciplined every day,’’ he said. “Our focus is team unity and to take care of the little things. We are physically stronger, more determined and I believe if we play to our potential it will be a productive year.”

Blessing is the son of Marty and Marcie Blessing and older brother to Tyce Blessing. He plays baseball for Seeger in the spring. Blessing is also involved with the National Honor Society, FFA, Teens Against Tobacco Use, Spanish Club, 4-H, Big Brother-Little Brother Program, Student Council, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Cole Blessing and the rest of the Seeger Patriots will play their season opener tonight as they travel to Rockville.