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Compton Working Double Duties
Playing on both sides of the ball can fatigue any player if that is something that he is not used to. But for Friendswood (TX) athlete Ben Compton, it's just another day at the office. In the Week 2 win over Houston Stratford 24-14, Compton played the Iron Man role despite the fact that his body was a bit weary. "I felt comfortable tonight. I was a sick this week so I feel a little out of shape," Compton said. "I did feel like I did well against my guy. He was a good player and we battled all night." In this instance, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound Compton is referring to when he was playing on the offensive side of the ball. For the Stratford game, Compton lined up at the tackle position and for the most part, put up a dominating performance. But, due to a few bangs and bruises on the Friendswood team, Compton had to play some defensive tackle as well. "I have been practicing there (on defense) all week. We had a couple of guys go out, so I needed to be ready," Compton said. "I have played defense for a long time so it was OK." Even on the defensive side, Compton was able to make quite a few plays. He did not take full time snaps there, but did make a difference. So all in all, Compton had a nice showing in the win. With that said, there are still a few things that the future Division I lineman seeks to improve on. "Really just getting after it every single play. I feel I need to improve on finishing every single play," Compton said. "I need to make sure and finish my guy every single play." And apparently Compton has done a good number of finishing in the past. As stated, Compton will line up for a Division I program in 2011. On the recruiting scene, in the early stages Compton made the pledge to stay in town with a verbal to Rice. But all it took was a trip to College Station for a summer camp and the rest is all history. "I feel wonderful about it. It was the best decision I made because it is a great school," Compton said. "One day, I went to the Texas A&M camp and the coaches noticed me there. Ever since then, we had been talking. Sooner or later the coaches offered me a scholarship and I took it right away." According to the future Aggie, he said that the plan is to use him on the "inside on the offensive line," probably center and maybe even guard.
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