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Borrelli’s leadership guides Liberty football

Colin Borrelli practices at Liberty on Oct. 22, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Colin Borrelli practices at Liberty on Oct. 22, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Liberty junior linebacker/safety Colin Borrelli is an extension of the Liberty coaching staff.

There’s nothing new Lions head coach Matt Hoefs isn’t raving about when it comes to Borrelli, a returning starter for a Liberty program that is steeped in success recently, winning 10 games in 2019 and a state title in 2018. And there’s especially a lot for Hoefs to gush about when it comes to Borrelli’s leadership.

“He’s definitely in our meetings taking charge and making sure that he understands everything that’s going on,” Hoefs said. “He’s basically a coach on the field, so we feel really good about where he;’s at and how he’s developing.”

That leadership was a central focus for Borrelli this offseason, particularly with a young squad who departed a sensational senior class that made history at the school.

In addition to learning his drops, the new schemes and building relationships with his teammates, Borelli wanted to take on a leadership role and enhance that part of his game.

Which is something that’s worked out ahead of this upcoming season.

“I’ve gained a lot of weight,” Borrelli said. “I became more of a leader on the team just because a lot of kids had to leave, go to college, transfer, stuff like that, so I had to take a bigger role on the team.”

Throughout his career, Borrelli was always pushed by an older family member who also helped show him the ropes.

Peyton Borrelli starred at Liberty before graduating this past year. He recorded 18 tackles for loss and 11 sacks his senior year in 2019, eventually earning his way to signing to Southern Utah to extend his playing career.

“He pushes me a lot,” Colin Borrelli said. “He pushes me to work out, get bigger, get faster, learn the defense, be a leader on the field, off the field, stuff like that.”

And Colin Borrelli has already made a crucial impact early on in his high school tenure.

As a sophomore, Colin Borrelli finished with 49 tackles and five tackles for loss – with his 49 tackles the most among returning players.

“He’s been out here with us ever since he was in middle school and just always been working out with us,” said Liberty senior receiver Leo Reichhold. “There’s no quit in Colin.”

Despite all of the individual success, though, Colin Borrelli does not boast any offers. Yet none of that matters to him, as his sole focus lies on winning and leading Liberty to the promised land.

“My goal right now is I’m just focused on winning,” Colin Borrelli said. “That’s all I care about. I’m not focused on the recruitment process or my stats. I just want to win as a team.”

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