Bucs’ Oppedal an all-star
In football, it is usually the skill position players who receive the lion’s share of the glory. This time around, however, one of Blue Earth Area’s trench warriors is the one who is earning the notoriety.
Six-foot-seven senior lineman Trevor Oppedal has been selected to play in the 2017 Minnesota Football Showcase. As the 45th installment of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association’s all-star football game, 98 of the state’s best players will be competing against one another in the post season event.
The game will pit Minnesota high school players from the north region against those from the south. Representing Blue Earth Area High School, Oppedal will be suiting up for the south while wearing his customary number 63.
As a two-way player, Oppedal’s physical brand of football along the offensive and defensive line became the calling card for BEA’s successful 7-5 campaign in 2017.
The maroon and gold’s ferocious ground and pound attack wore down opponents late in games. With the senior road grader anchoring the Bucs offensive line all season long, BEA was able to set the tone with a string of dominant performances.
As a team, the Buccaneers racked up 335 rushing yards against Windom, 305 rushing yards versus St. James, and churned out 271 yards on the ground against Martin County West this past year. Also playing along the defensive line, Oppedal registered a season-high 14 tackles against Luverne as well.
Buccaneers head coach Randy Kuechenmeister has had a front row seat to the growth and development of the young lineman prospect. The Bucs mentor believes Oppedal’s inclusion in the all-star game is well earned as the sky is the limit for the rugged gridiron phenom.
“Trevor is hard to move on defense and he moves people on offense,” Kuechenmeister said. “He does a good job of working through blocks on defense and moves very well for a big man.”
Not only does Oppedal possess the physical skills that allowed him to produce a great senior season, but the will to improve every day in practice also made a lasting impression on his now former high school coach.
“Recruiters have also got to see something else in you; intangibles, work ethic, character, the potential to be something. They see (Oppedal) is only going to get better. He’s improved a lot, just within the last year,” Kuechenmeister added.
After his banner season with the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers in 2017, Oppedal will take his talents to the Minnesota Golden Gophers next fall. Signed on as a preferred walk-on, Oppedal happens to be a lifelong fan of the Gophers’ football program.
Under the guidance of Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck, the young prospect will now have the unique opportunity to call TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis his home field.