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Jeff Tully There’s nothing Brendon Doyle won’t...

Jeff Tully

There’s nothing Brendon Doyle won’t do on the field to help the

Bellarmine- Jefferson High football team.

Last season, Doyle did about everything he could to make the

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Guards successful. Along with being the team’s starting quarterback,

he was also a starter at cornerback, did the punting duties and even

enjoyed stints as a linebacker and defensive end.

The junior’s talent was recognized by the CIF Southern Section, as

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Doyle was named to the All-CIF Division XII defensive team as a

punter.

Doyle is the only player from Bell-Jeff, Burbank and Burroughs to

earn the honor this season.

“I think Brendon would play any position if we asked him to,”

Bell-Jeff Coach Rolando Aguirre. “He is always willing to do what it

takes to help us out.

“There was one game where we needed him at linebacker and he

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stepped up and did a great job. Then another time we were thin at

defensive end and he came in to play there.

“Brendon has a lot of talent and he is just a great athlete.”

The All-CIF teams were selected by 15 coaches from around the

Southern Section and represented all 13 divisions. Also included in

the process were various writers from Southern California area.

Doyle -- 6-feet-3, 225 pounds -- had 27 punts for 1,004 yards, a

37.2-yard average.

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“Brendon’s punting ability helped us get out of a lot of

situations,” said Aguirre, whose team finished third in the Santa Fe

League. “He has strong legs and has a real feel for the punting

game.”

The division’s Offensive Player of the Year is senior running back

Drew Robinson of Ontario Christian, a team Bell-Jeff (5-6) lost to in

the first round of the playoffs, 63-30.

With most of his time spent working on his quarterbacking skills,

Doyle had little opportunity to hone his skills as a punter.

“I worked a little on my punting, but not a whole lot,” Doyle

said. “My brother [Sean] was a punter and he has helped me out and

showed me how it’s done. I’ve also been working on my leg strength.”

Despite splitting his time at various positions, Doyle said he

enjoys all the work.

“It’s fun playing all the different positions,” he said. “I love

to play football and the more things I can do, the more I will get to

play. I just want to be out on the field.”

At quarterback, Doyle was a All-Santa Fe League first-team

selection, completing 103 of 203 passes for 1,553 yards, 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. As a defensive back, Doyle had

seven interceptions.

His prowess as a multi-position standout earned him a Leader

All-Area second-team nod as an all-purpose player.

“Brendon will get a lot more time to work as a quarterback next

season,” Aguirre said. “We should have the players to play at

defensive back, so Brendon won’t have to play both ways.”

However, as a talented punter, Aguirre said he isn’t ready to

relieve Doyle of that duty.

“Even if coach needs me on defense next season, I’ll be there,”

Doyle said.

Along with being a standout in football, Doyle is a three-sport

competitor, starting for the Guards’ boys’ basketball and volleyball

teams.


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