Throughout his career on the gridiron, Browns- town Central’s Kyle Kramer has filled whatever role the coaching staff has asked of him.
While he’s entering his second season as the starting quarterback, the senior also sees snaps as a defensive back and punter for the Braves.
His sophomore year, Kramer converted from running back to the man under center.
“Freshman year, I used to be a running back,” Kramer said. “We had a couple guys quit, so there was a spot there. We changed the offense because I’m more of a running quarterback.
“I like being a leader for the team. I think that some guys look up to me. I like that aspect of it.”
In games, Kramer often uses his legs to pick up extra yardage.
Under coach Reed May’s wing-T offense, the Braves cater to Kramer’s speed.
“I like running the wing-T because there’s a lot more running the ball,” Kramer said. “Our offense kind of tricks defenses. I think my throwing improved from last year, so that will be better. I have also been doing a better job of finding the gaps when running the ball.”
Kramer finished with 1,331 passing and 646 rushing yards with a total of 28 touchdowns in 2015.
He also turned heads on the specials teams.
Punting, Kramer also earned Junior Class 3A All-State honors.
On 24 punts, Kramer had 976 yards with an average of 40.7 and a long of 64 yards.
Last season, Kramer helped lead the Braves to a sectional title, so he has placed higher expectations on himself for his final season.
“I’m going to set my standards really high,” Kramer said. “I want to try to do better than last year. I want the team to go even further this year. We need to have guys step up and play to their capabilities.”
This winter, Kramer will enter his fourth year with the Braves’ basketball team.
In the spring, it will be his second year on the track team.
He said he joined track last year to stay conditioned for football and basketball.
While he hasn’t decided on a college yet, Kramer plans on continuing his football career past high school.
“I just love the game,” Kramer said. “I don’t want it to end, I want to continue playing. I am willing to play at whatever position they ask of me.”
What: Brownstown Central (0-0) at Paoli (0-0)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Cook Field
Most recent meeting: Brownstown Central won 51-27 on Aug. 21, 2015
Series past 30 years: Brownstown Central 18-6
Name: Kyle Kramer
School: Brownstown Central
Parents: Tim and Lillie Kramer
Siblings: Kirsi, Stephany, SUzzanna, Jennifer
Sports: Football, basketball, track.
Athletic highlights: Average punting record, 2015 sectional title, All-State punter
Plans after high school: Go to college and play football
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite movie: “When the Game Stands Tall”
Favorite team: Indianapolis Colts