Eshan Plays Through Pain

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Posted Oct 13, 2011


In the second game of the season, Eshan was chop blocked. The illegal block led to a sprained MCL, but the mauling guard played the rest of the game and didn't go to a trainer until afterward.

"Now I'm playing with a brace," Eshan said. "I kind of like it. It takes a little while to get used to it, but that's what they're going to give us in college."

That Eshan didn't come out of the game isn't a surprise for anybody that knows the San Antonio Sam Houston senior.

"I play with a lot of heart," Eshan said. "Honestly, with the stuff that has been going on in my life, football is my way out.

"The neighborhood I live in isn't the worst, but it's a neighborhood most people don't want to raise their kids in," Eshan said. "So I'm a hard worker. A lot of people will tell you: 'if it doesn't kill me, it will only make me stronger,' and that's the way I look at it."

On the field, Eshan and the Hurricanes have had a great season so far, dropping just one game, a 27-0 upset to Gonzales.

"When we're rolling, we feel like nobody can stop us," Eshan said. "We weren't prepared for what they had and we made too many mistakes against a good team.

"It was a big reality check," Eshan said. "It just showed that it doesn't matter if we're better than everybody. They had more heart that night and came in more prepared. They were ready for what we were throwing at them."

Individually, the season couldn't have gone much better so far.

"I'm having a blast," Eshan said. "I'm blowing people off the ball. I think I'm proving that I might not be the biggest person, but I might have the biggest heart. I play to the last second of the whistle and I'm going to give our running backs something to work with."

He hasn't allowed a sack all season, either, and has showcased increased mobility from a year ago.

Eshan has heard from a number of schools, though some have been hesitant because of his height, which Eshan said was between 6-foot-2 and 6-3. In an attempt to help the team, as well as to potentially help his college stock, Eshan is also playing some nose tackle this year.

"On the offensive side, I'm more natural because it's where I've played the last four years," Eshan said. "But this is my time to shine, and I'm going to do everything I can to help the team. I would say I probably fit better on offense because of my attitude. I'm proactive, not reactive."

Eshan's efforts haven't gone unnoticed. He's received offers from FBS schools like Colorado State and Texas State (soon to be FBS), along with FCS schools like Sam Houston State, Alabama State and Angelo State. He's in the process of setting up a visit to see the Rams, though he's also going to keep working to improve his offer list.

"I know there's a (BCS) offer out there," Eshan said. "I just need people to look at me. And if they aren't looking at me now, I need to show them something to make them look at me.

"I believe I'm one of the most underrated guards in the state of Texas," Eshan said. "And one of my goals is to prove that I belong up there with (DeSoto product and Texas commitment) Curtis Riser and all the other good guards in this state. I'm going to keep working."



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