Meet the 'Jackets: Rylan Hoard

LDR photo/Jake Flanders
Lebanon senior Rylan Hoard is one of four starting offensive linemen who started at least three or more games for the Lebanon football team last fall. 

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Lebanon senior offensive lineman Rylan Hoard got plenty of experience last season for the ‘Jackets, starting four games last season protecting senior quarterback Cole Breeden’s blind side as the left tackle.

Hoard is expected to start at left guard for the ‘Jackets this Friday night at the Mount Vernon Football Jamboree at Mount Vernon High School.

Hoard is also expected to see time at defensive tackle for LHS this fall. As a junior, he saw time on the defensive line towards the end of the season, including a big game against Ozark in the district semifinals. A standout wrestler in the winter time, Hoard wrestled in the 285-pound weight class last season for an LHS wrestling team that broke the record for single wins in a season.

Hoard is the brother of former Lebanon football standout and four-year Evangel football player Tyler Couch.

The Lebanon Daily Record recently caught up with Hoard to talk to him about his senior season on the football field.

LDR – What would you say your strengths are on the football field?

Hoard – I feel that one of my major strengths on the football field would have to be my strength and physicality. I have put in the work over the offseason on getting stronger to better myself as a football player.

LDR – What are some things you have been trying to improve on this offseason?

Hoard – This offseason I have worked on just getting in better shape overall. I have been working on cutting a few pounds, and since I am going to be going both ways, I need to be able to have the energy to do so. Being shape is one of the most important attributes a football player can have.

LDR – What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing football?

Hoard – When I am not playing football I enjoy playing video games with my friends and also hanging out with them just having a good time. Last winter, I thought I would pick up an old sport, so I decided to wrestle. I hadn’t wrestled since my 8th-grade year, and I ended up being varsity with a winning record.

LDR – What are some expectations you have for the team this year?

Hoard – I have a lot of expectations for the team this year. I feel like we are in a better spot than we were last year at this time and I really feel like it will pay off in the end. Along with the whole team, I want to win state, but we will have to put in the work to do so. We have a talented group of guys who know what we are capable of doing, but we just have to take it one game at a time.

LDR – Who has been the biggest influence on your football career?

Hoard – The biggest influence in my football career has definitely been my older brother, Tyler Couch. He is a former football player at Lebanon, and he went on the play college ball. He is always looking after me and pushing me to be the best I can be to better myself. He knows what it takes to get to the college level, and without him, I wouldn’t be where I am at today.

LDR – What are the biggest differences in this years team compared to last year?

Hoard – I think that the main difference from last years team to this years is that we have a lot more sophomores playing varsity and some of those guys are going to be going both ways. I think that is a good thing for the sophomore class so that they will know what it is like to play with the big dogs.

LDR – Who is a football player that you try to model your game after?

Hoard – One of my favorite players in the NFL is Brandon Williams, he plays defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens and played college ball at Missouri Southern State. I like him a lot because he is extremely strong and an explosive player. I also look up to my older brother, Tyler Couch. He played for Evangel University and started three out of four years; he is a great big brother to look up to as a role model.

LDR – Which game are you looking forward to most this season and why?

Hoard – I am definitely looking forward to playing Camdenton this year. We played them last year at Camdenton, and it was a great game, and this year we are playing them at home, and I think it will be even better. Our team right now though is focused on Rolla and what we have to do to take care of them before we think about any other games.

LDR – What position do you enjoy playing the most on the football field?

Hoard – I enjoy playing defensive tackle the most. It is more of a free position than the offensive line is because you don’t have to remember a lot of plays, you just have to remember play calls. I also love making tackles, so that is my favorite position.

LDR – When did you start playing football and what got you interested in the sport?

Hoard – My favorite sports memory would have to be last year against Rolla when Korbin Smith and I drove a defensive lineman 20 yards downfield and then hugged after it during the play.

LDR – Talk about your decision to wrestle last season and how much you enjoyed doing it?

Hoard – My freshman year and sophomore year I only played football and then worked out with Tim Cole. I did not plan on wrestling up until the last couple of weeks of football season when Tim and I talked about it, and we decided that it would work better on getting faster and keeping me in shape. Wrestling helps me out with my football career because it helps me with my balance and coordination on the football field.

LDR – Talk about working out with Tim Cole at “The Gym 24/7 Fitness” and what you have worked on.

Hoard – Tim has always been there for me since I have known him. We have gotten close, and he has been a huge help to me. I usually work on strength and getting stronger, and every once in a while I will do a circuit or something that has to do with running.

 

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