Senior hopes to bring Cowboys back to the playoffs (video)

Keldy  Ortiz

Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:28 a.m.

MIddle line backer David Kallus  watches the ball carrier coming out of the backfield Tuesday afternoon.

MIddle line backer David Kallus watches the ball carrier coming out of the backfield Tuesday afternoon.

EDNA - Ask players on the Edna football team about David Kallus and they will say good things about him.

But ask Kallus about himself, he talks about his contributions to making the Cowboys successful instead.

That's just how Kallus is - focused on others.

In his third and final season as a Cowboy, the senior linebacker has high hopes for the team, and himself, to be successful.

"He's really such a good kid. He works hard at everything he does," Cowboys coach Mike Pierce said. "He's very coachable."

During practice, you can find Kallus in the middle of a huddle, yelling out plays or trying to be the first defender to make a tackle.

That's just on defense.

Kallus said he was told he could play offense, if needed.

"Anything you ask of him, he'll do it," defensive coordinator Josh Adams, who has coached Kallus since the eighth grade, said. "Literally, he's a coach on the field now."

Kallus, however, does talk about himself when mentioning how the Cowboys would fare this upcoming season. He helped the Cowboys compete in 7-on-7 competition this summer and has worked with teammates to get ready for the season.

"Our defense is pretty strong and all that this year," Kallus said. "We have a lot of good guys this year, so we'll be all right."

Originally, Edna coaches thought he could not play the linebacker position because of his size.

That all changed his sophomore year when Kallus was moved from junior varsity to varsity.

"We couldn't move him from there ever since," Adams said. "He just really figured it out."

Kallus doesn't mind playing the linebacker position. He enjoys it.

"I can read an offense better than I can probably read a book, so that's why I like it," Kallus said. "I like hitting people and all that. I think it's easy."

Since that sophomore year, Kallus has progressed as a football player and others have taken notice.

"He's a great leader and a great motivator," Edna quarterback Austin Kelley said. "He gets us pumped on defense."

Adams recalled a time when Kallus, perhaps, should not have been on the field during a game.

"I think he hurt his back or his ankle against Sweeny," Adams said. "I took him out of the game, and every time I looked up, he'd still be on the field. I could never get him off the field, and that's the kind of player he is. No matter how bad he's hurting, he's always going to go out there and do his best."

The Cowboys have been to the playoffs two years in a row. Pierce has been adamant about the future of the team this season.

"We're contending for a district championship," Pierce said. "But that doesn't start for a while now."

Pierce never mentioned Kallus in the mix for helping the Cowboys reach the playoffs this season because the team includes Kallus.

Pierce doesn't believe one player can make a difference.

Neither does Kallus.

"It takes one game at a time, so we're getting ready for them," Kallus said.



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