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Posted August 27, 2010 | Leave a comment
Warriors' top receiver not much for chatter
By Jeremy Stafford - firstname.lastname@example.org
STEPHENS CITY -- Dominique Porter isn't much of a talker.
He doesn't blab or jabber or prattle. Rather, he speaks in short, succinct sentences. He says what he needs to say, what he wants to say, nothing more.
Despite being Sherando's top returning wide receiver, Porter carries none of the glitz and glamour normally associated with the position.
In fact, Porter is such a reliable player, Warriors coach Bill Hall named him one of four captains for the 2010 season.
"He doesn't expect anything from the guys that he's not willing to do himself, and I think that says a lot about him," Hall said. "You don't come out of the womb knowing how to be a leader, so I think it's a tribute to him that he's taken it really seriously and wants to do everything he can to improve himself and also make the people around him better."
Put simply, Porter has come up with a host of responsibilities associated with his captaincy: "You gotta learn how to be a team leader," he said. "Focus on everyone, not just yourself. If someone's doing something wrong, a leader will show them how to do it.
"A leader will always come out and practice hard, and other people will follow."
Short, succinct sentences.
He certainly knows how to get to the point.
He also seems to know his way around a football field: Playing behind former Warriors receivers Dalton Boyd -- now at William and Mary -- and Brogan Hoover, Porter made the most of his limited opportunities, squeezing an average of 11.1 yards out of his seven receptions.
It's safe to say the newly christened captain can expect a few more tosses his way this fall.
Here's proof: "Dominique, he's a special player, and I wish the best for him this year," Sherando quarterback Jalen Brisco said, "and I'm gonna try to get him the ball as much as I can."
Porter also has the potential to shine on the other side of the ball, where the Warriors lost a host of defenders, including three starting linebackers, to graduation.
It's from those now departed players that Porter learned the art of captaining a team. From them he learned to help a teammate when he's down; from his parents he learned the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated.
"He's a great teammate," Brisco said. "He always encourages me, even if I throw a bad throw.
"I'm glad he got captain this year because he's one of the best leaders on the team in [terms] of lifting you up when you're down."
As a coach who's wont to ride a strong defense into the post-season, Hall likely will tinker with his defensive starters until he finds something vigorous and dynamic. Porter, along with his brother, Tre Porter, is in the mix to start at free safety.
To have a shot at lining up alongside his brother, dressed in Warrior red -- well, that might be as close as it gets to a dream come true for Porter.
"When I was growing up, I was always next to [Tre], and I always wanted to have the chance to be next to him in high school, and it's pretty fun," Porter said. "We always talk about football. We always say we want to be the best players out there.
"We want to have the best team, we want to go hard every play and not stop."
BREAKING DOWN THE WARRIORS
League: Group AA Northwestern District
Offense/Defense: Pro-I, Split-4
Key returnees: QB Jalen Brisco, RB/DB Tre Porter, OL/DL Jack Morris, OL/DL Christopher Gum, WR/DB Dominique Porter
Key losses:WR/DB Dalton Boyd, FB/LB Shawn Branham, FB/LB Baxter Newman, TE/LB Nick Bakos, QB Corey Rice, RB/LB Roger Smith, WR/DB James Root, RB/DB Kadeem Blackwood, WR/DB Zack James, OL/DL Jared Bentley
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