Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL ; Arroyo's Best Ability? His Versatility for SC Prominant & Dominant

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL ; Arroyo's Best Ability? His Versatility for SC Prominant & Dominant

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South Charleston's Mateo Arroyo is so versatile, he has multiple uniform numbers. It has been that way through Arroyo's football career, as he bounced around the field learning position after position. "Everything except quarterback, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound junior said. "I can't throw worth anything.

Arroyo became one of the Black Eagles' key defensive players last season, when he earned first team All-MSAC honors at defensive end. He is also the team's fullback, and this season is among three or four players in the mix for playing time at left tackle.

"It's mostly fun getting out there and seeing where they can put me, Arroyo said. "I can play anywhere and I see the confidence they have in me to put me in different spots.

South Charleston, coming off an 11-3 season and runner-up finish in Class AAA, has four returning seniors along the offensive line: left guard Andrew Bishop, center Randy Adkins, right guard Kris Haynes and right tackle Anthony Holland.

Arroyo, who was also an honorable mention all-state pick at defensive end, spent time this offseason learning what he'd need to do along the offensive line.

"The offensive line coach took the plays and stapled it to my locker to make sure I learned it, Arroyo said.

That gives South Charleston coach Donnie Mays multiple options to use one of his most talented players.

"He is so versatile, Mays said of Arroyo. "He can play defensive line for you, but he's going to have two numbers because he might play some offensive line for us and fullback. He might be switching in and out of numbers.

"There's a guy in Mateo who can line up anywhere. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. It's hard to go against a guy like that who can do so much.

Mays also called Arroyo one of his team's most mentally tough players, and Arroyo has added more than 30 pounds since he entered the South Charleston program two years ago. Arroyo said his listed weight of 245 pounds might be a little light.

That'll help him along a talented defensive line, which also has three seniors returning but a slew of underclassmen pushing those veterans for playing time. South Charleston has as many as nine players on each side of the line competing for snaps. …

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