Player Spotlight: Running Back Tony Bedell
Tony Bedell is a talented young running back who plays for North County High School. Tony Bedell is going into his senior year and coming off a 1,001-yard rushing season. With increased playing time this coming season his production should elevate. I recently contacted Tony Bedell and wanted to inquire about his feelings on his […]
Tony Bedell is a talented young running back who plays for North County High School. Tony Bedell is going into his senior year and coming off a 1,001-yard rushing season. With increased playing time this coming season his production should elevate. I recently contacted Tony Bedell and wanted to inquire about his feelings on his game and his aspirations going into his senior year. This piece will look to present his responses to my inquiries.
The first two questions I posed to him dealt with what he felt are the strengths and areas of improvement in his game. In terms of strengths Bedell stated, “My strengths are my speed, running away and around the opposition. Also, my awareness in the open field and in the pass blocking aspect.” Bedell speed stands out on film and coupled with his ability to make defenders he is a playmaking machine. Bedel detailed how he feels he has a “6th sense for defenders in a way”. Explaining how he sets up defenders to create easier blocks for his teammates, while never allowing defenders to hit him square. The film showcases this skill as well, attributing to the patience he has as a runner which makes him even tougher to defend. The part of his game Bedell stated he wants to improve was, “finishing more runs, and my “one cut” and “cut” blocking ability.” Meaning he wants to try to finish his run with more physicality, while improving as the one cut type running back, he is. As if he becomes even more decisive in his decision making as a runner while finishing plays delivering the final blow, he will wear down defenses throughout the game. Plus, as a blocker the more he can grow as a blocker, the more opportunities he will get on the field in passing situations. Bedell clearly understands his game and knows what he must improve about it, and further cultivate his strengths.
I then inquired about the task at his position he considers most important to accomplish. While also discussing the part of his game he would want scouts to acknowledge the most. Bedel stated, “the most important task as a RB, is to jumpstart the offense to the best of your ability.” As he detailed how a lot of offenses he sees as shying away from the run game, yet still look to his position to get the unit going. As far as what skill he wants scouts to acknowledge in his game he said it was his speed and want to. Describing, “I feel a lot of guys say they run 4.5 so that skill gets overlooked, but I am a legit laser 4.55 guy. And now at 192 lbs. I feel that group is narrower, especially in our area.” Bedell went into the concept he named the “Get Out” ability. Explaining, “if you have that ‘Get Out’ in you, you’ll find ways to consistently move the sticks. Bedell shows he knows how important being a key on an offense his position is, even in an age where running the ball has decreased. While recognizing his speed and how it is his true stand out skill in a time where it can be overlooked.
When I asked about any college offers, he had received recently he told me he has no current offers as of the now. He did explained, “I’ve been getting a lot of interest from numerous FCS schools, even some ivy league schools. Georgetown, Yale, Stony Brook, Columbia, and University of Pennsylvania just to name a few.” Bedell was very optimistic saying how he hoped for a big spring for himself and some of his teammates in this department. Bedell with another 1,000 plus yard season along with team success should see a rise in interest from college programs. As he will firmly establish himself as one of the best backs in Anne Arundel County and the DMV area.
I then concluded my questions with what experience he is excited for his coming senior season. Along with asking about any goals he has set for himself and his team next season. Bedell stated, “the experience I am most excited for next season, hands down is a playoff run.” Continuing, “We have lots of talent on our team and are returning as our team was mostly juniors. We have FBS and FCS guys with offers to show for it, so I am confident in us going into the season.” When asked about his goals Bedell described, “Well first me and my guys are looking to put a plat in our trophy case, to help bring North County back to their glory days.” Also stating, “personal goals for me are 1500+ Rushing yards, 15 TDs, and 8-10 yards per carry.” Showing how he has a great balance in terms of expectations for him and his team.
Tony Bedell is a very talented running back out of the Anne Arundel area. A player like many in this area at times that get overlooked. With another strong season Bedell will see offers fly in. As he will showcase his talents and the improvements made to his game and confirm why he is a topflight running back prospect out of the area.