ELSA — For an encore season, Edcouch-Elsa defensive end Robert Treviño would have to adjust to a similar, yet different system.
Fresh off an outstanding junior season that had Treviño earn Mid-Valley Town Crier’s Defensive Player of the Year, No. 44 didn’t change positions, but was used differently in the 4-3 scheme under new defensive coordinator Danny Perez, who was hired by Joe Marichalar last spring.
Under Perez, Treviño wasn’t just lined up in his spot and then attacking on the snap. Instead, he was often moved around the line depending on where the aggressive Yellowjacket defense wanted to strike.
The strategy was usually for Treviño to attack where the play was expected to go.
Statistically, Treviño’s numbers fell a bit from 2012, but as far as dominating the field, the senior was as dominant as ever. In 11 games, Treviño posted 135 tackles, 60 assists to go along with a Mid-Valley high 20 sacks and 59 pressures. For the second year in a row, Treviño is Mid-Valley Town Crier’s Defensive Player of the Year.
His play opened the gates for yet another stellar Edcouch-Elsa defense. Standing at 185 pounds, Treviño’s speed and quickness was often too much for the bigger and stronger 300-pound offensive linemen.
“It was just shoot the gap, shoot the gap, shoot the gap,” Treviño said. “Get the ball, get the ball, get the ball.”
That was pretty much what Perez asked of Treviño in his system. Treviño was more used to a read and react scheme in the 4-3. But under Perez, Treviño lined up in the middle, then when the offense broke huddle, he went to a spot and lined up on one side, then on a long snap count would often switch to another position.
“They had to game-plan around him,” Perez said. “Most games, he was double-teamed and he would still stand his ground.”
Naturally, it took some time and adjustment in order for Treviño to get a hold of things. Yet, Treviño was still averaging double figures in tackles and averaged one sack per game.
Treviño set the tempo to his season with 13 tackles, two sacks and five hurries against Weslaco in Week Zero. He proved whether it’s read and react or jumping around positions, he can play.
“It was a pretty big challenge, it really was,” Treviño said. “I would just play and do what the coaches tell me to do. And I would just do my best.”