November 17, 2008

Yendrey completes senior season

Edna (TX) defensive end D.J. Yendrey had a superb junior season leading his team to the state playoffs while recording 97 tackles and 11 sacks. This season, as a senior leader on the team and force at one end of the D-line, teams learned quickly not to run Yendrey's way.

Although he's unsure of his 2008 season totals, the one thing that the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder does know is his team failed to make the playoffs. That was the most important goal for Yendrey this season after the loss of several starters from last year's playoff squad.

Although they didn't reach the post-season, Yendrey can still look back at his senior year and know that he has set the foundation for future Edna players to build on.

"It was not as good as I wanted it to be," he said. "But, then again we lost a lot of seniors last year and we didn't make it to the playoffs unfortunately. I didn't get the defensive stats I wanted. Overall I still think it was a pretty good year, we add more experience for next year and the team will be ready. I had fun with it.

"It was fun, we had a lot of younger guys and I'm going to be coming back and watching them play in a couple of years when their seniors."

Back in July, Yendrey became one of the first commitments for TCU. He had a chance to watch the Frogs earlier this season take on Wyoming and says he remains solid with his decision to play ball in Ft. Worth.

"It was fun, I hadn't actually been to a college game in a long time," Yendrey said. "It was good, they had a big win against Wyoming. It was a good experience, I really like watching and standing on the sideline during warm-ups and talking to the coaches again. I just had a good experience.

"I thought they've done real good, I haven't paid that much attention to them in the past couple of years but they really pulled things together this year. I noticed they have some young players, they're not losing too many. We have a good 2009 recruiting class and I can see us being pretty good the next couple of years. I'm looking forward to getting better and getting to know the team and just play."

Yendrey has played defensive end the last two seasons but says he's unsure where he'll fit in best once arriving to TCU. The big end says there has been discussion between the coaches to which line he would be better suited.

"I'm too sure and their not too sure(where I'll play)," Yendrey said. "The offensive line coach who recruits our area wants me on the offensive line and they want me on defense too so I'm not sure where I'll end up, we're not sure yet."

Since announcing his commitment over four months ago, Yendrey says teams aren't trying to sway his decision once they know he is solid to TCU.

"I'm still pretty solid," Yendrey said of his commitment. "I've had some phone calls here and there but nothing really. Everyone knows I've committed and that I'm going to honor it so they really don't bother me or anything like that."

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