Former Woodson Cowboy Brady Hibbitts is one of the few six-man players to get a chance to play at the collegiate level.
Former Woodson Cowboy Brady Hibbitts is one of the few six-man players to get a chance to play at the collegiate level. (Ken Parmley)
Most high school student athletes can only dream of some day playing a sport at the collegiate level, but for former Woodson Cowboy stand-out, Brady Hibbitts, that dream became a reality this fall as he earned a spot on the Howard Payne University Yellowjacket football team.
Even though Hibbitts played six-man football throughout his high school career, he said there wasn’t much difference in the way things were played.
“Really, the only difference was having an offensive line to help protect you,” said Hibbitts. “You go from three offensive linemen to having six linemen.”
“Then, you got to know that they can’t run out for a pass and are there to protect you the whole time. Other than that, it has been pretty simple to pick up, ” said Hibbitts.
Hibbitts said the pace of the 11-man game was not as fast as compared to what he played when playing six man.
“The pace is not as fast in 11 man,” said Hibbitts. “In 11 man, you have time to sit there and think about what you can do and in six man, it is just going off of your first instinct.”
Recruited as a quarterback, Hibbitts said learning a completely new offense proved to be one of the most challenging aspects of the game for him.
(See complete story in the December 4 edition of the Breckenridge American)