Phares Tutt simply knew it was his time.
After playing sparingly his first three years on the Emerald High School football team, the senior middle linebacker finally got his chance to start this season. And he vowed to take advantage of it.
"Coming in to it, I felt it was just my time to step up and play the position," Tutt said.
Tutt has done just that, anchoring a linebacker unit coach Tim McMahon had questions about entering the season. The unit was the least experienced part of the defense, so McMahon needed a player to quickly emerge as a playmaker for the Viking defense to succeed.
Tutt has been that player.
"It's vital," McMahon said. "It's one brick at a time back there at the linebacker position. He's certainly, over the last couple weeks, been real solid for us. That's just one less you have to worry about."
McMahon called Tutt one of the most improved players, if not the most improved player, throughout this season. Beginning in the spring, Tutt has constantly improved, and with four games under his belt, he has gotten better at reading his keys and making tackles.
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