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Dreslinski Brothers Ready to Lead Clinton
Clinton High started two a days this week, as the team prepares for its opener in the Big Day Prep Showdown at Eastern Michigan. One of their leaders, tight end/linebacker Nate Dreslinski sees the talent they need to succeed. "Skill wise, we're very good," he said. "The key is the offensive line. They're not very, big but they have a lot of heart." The Redskins will move their 6'3, 230-lb playmaker all over the field this year, in an effort to get him the ball more. However, he believes his outstanding summer camp performances and the press he has gotten as a result, will make it tough for him to improve on last year's numbers. "Playing tight end, it's kind of hard to get the ball," he admitted. "Last year I had 55 catches. I'm moving out to wide receiver and I'll play more slot than last year. I'll run sweeps, we'll do some bubble screens. I want to see my numbers go up, but I think it will be hard now that everybody knows who I am. I think it will go down with all the double coverage, but I want it to go up." Throwing him some passes this year may be his brother, Ben Dreslinski, a sophomore quarterback and linebacker. "I'm going to be the backup behind a three year starter," Ben said, "This year will be my first year on varsity." The brothers say they throw the ball together quite a bit, but their biggest impact as a tandem will likely come on defense this year, where Nate started as a linebacker last year and where Ben is slated to join him. "Right now I'm the starting outside linebacker and backup cornerback," he reported. Ben hopes he will have an opportunity to be recruited just like his older brother. These first few games will be vital for Nate as he looks for his first Division-1 scholarship offer. "I just talked to Toledo. They said they're definitely coming down to first two or three games, and if not, they'll get that on highlight and they'll re-evaluate me for a scholarship then. They sounded really interested, so we'll see about that. Western Michigan said I'm on their board right now. Northern Illinois, I'm trying to get ahold of them. They want to see me dominate more as a blocker, which will be hard because I'm playing less tight end. Michigan said the same thing. They'll come down to a game because they're right down the street. They're coming week three possibly."
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