Trinity’s defense was one of the stronger ones in the state this season, boasting several D1 prospects and giving up only 10 points per game. One key component on the defensive side of the ball is linebacker Daeshawn Bertram.
Bertram, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound sophomore, was one of the Rocks’ leading tacklers last season. Bertram had 49.5 tackles, six tackles for loss, and a sack last year for the state champions.
“I think I played solid this year, but I really have to step it up more. It’s my junior year and I’m not a young player anymore. I have to play like a team captain,” said Bertram.
So what does Bertram want to improve this as a junior to help his team get better?
“I want to get better at taking on lead blocks and playing more one-on-one coverage in the open field,” he said. “My strength is being able to read blocks and having the awareness to find the football,” he continued.
It’s still very early for Bertram, but he’s receiving contact from Louisville, Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky at this stage. He hasn’t taken any visits since football season, but he plans to take some trips next season and during the summer. He will also compete in a couple of camps this summer.
“I plan to attend the Nike Camp this summer and the NUC this coming May,” he finished.