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• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Finesse and power By Mike Tenney Brian Bourgeois is a young man of few words. But the physical force that the West University resident and ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������- forms into every Saturday afternoon on the football ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ He is a 6-foot-1, 280-pound motion-in-motion hammer who looks for the nail every time the ball is snapped. At Lamar, ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ He snapped the ball from the shotgun formation with a soft touch and then showed outstanding mobility and quickness for a big, bruising interior linemen with his ability to get out on the perimeter as a lead blocker for the Texans’ speedy running backs. Now, Bourgeois is doing the same thing as a sophomore starter for the Football Championship Subdivision I (FCS) Wildcats in Davidson, N.C. “Things are going great,” Bourgeois said during the team’s only bye week in late September. “We’ve played very good football so far, and we want to keep doing that. My role here at Davidson ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ a good snap and then to block, whether it’s run-blocking or pass-blocking.” For the three years he was the starting center at Lamar, Bourgeois was the rare interior player who could deliver the ball to the quarterback and then scoot past the guard and tackle lined up next to him, to lead block for the guy with the ball. Bourgeois said it’s all part of his game. “I know a lot of centers don’t pull and get outside to kind of lead the way for the ball carrier, but it’s just something I do when I ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ coaches at Lamar, just like we do here at Davidson, who taught me how to do it. It’s not something I really think about; I just look at it as doing my job.” His freshman season at Davidson last year was a real test for him. Besides being a thousand miles from home and a newcomer to college life and college football, the Wildcats had a challenging season, going just 2-9. This came after a three-year high school career for Bourgeois in which Lamar won more than 30 games total and advanced to at least the second round of the ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� “Just playing college football was an adjustment,” Bourgeois admitted. “Everyone was bigger and stronger, and getting used to the speed of the game was probably the biggest adjustment. But I learned a lot. Last year, we had a senior center so I played guard and started next to him and he taught me a lot. He kind of mentored me about playing the position in college and playing college football in general and I think that helped me prepare for this year. “And we had a lot of young players, like myself, on the team last year, so we struggled at times. But overall, it was a great learning experience for me. We all worked really hard during the ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ He says there is little doubt that playing high school football in �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� the college ranks. “I was around great athletes every day, and we competed against each other, and we played against a lot of great teams ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� players who are now playing in college and some of them are at major colleges. I saw a lot of tough competition and played in front of a lot of big crowds and big venues like (NRG Stadium), so it was a great experience playing at Lamar.” ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� his helmet (“I like the long hair,” he says. “It’s just me.”), Bour- ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ goal at Davidson is just like it was at Lamar – get into the FCS ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ WHY WAIT? GO LED! Switching to LED lightbulbs may be the perfect solution for your household. LEDs consume far less electricity than your normal incandescent bulb, which means saving money and making you environmentally responsible. LEDs also emit very little heat, which is a big plus in this Texas heat. LED lighting is available in many different home products and is ideal for kitchen under-cabinet lighting as well as recessed downlights. It doesn’t stop there, though. Almost all lightbulbs can be replaces with LED bulbs to make your house extremely energy efficient. Not only do LEDs provide a more energy efficient option, but they also require no “warm-up” time like other bulbs, they don’t emit UV light, they last longer than other lightbulb options and the warm white LED light is great for reading. The question remains, why wait? Give LBJ Construction a call because we do everything from changing a lightbulb (or many) to entire home remodels! Former Lamar standout Bourgeois is now a force on the college gridiron Bourgeois has taken his stylish game(and long golden locks) to Davidson College in North Carolina, where he’s a secondyear starter.


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