All-Metro Football Defensive Player of the Year: Kenneth Goins Jr., Gilman, defensive end, senior

Kenneth Goins Jr.

Gilman, defensive end, senior

Gilman's defense landed five players on the All-Metro first and second teams this fall, but no one gave opponents more trouble than Goins.

Explosive off the line of scrimmage, he made quarterbacks think about him every time he burst off the left side of the line.

"He's just relentless in his attack," Loyola coach Brian Abbott said. "A lot of times you see defensive linemen who are big and strong, but they're not fast. Well, he's fast. He tends to create problems with his strength and speed that it takes a while to adjust to, because you can't simulate him in practice. He's one of the toughest D-linemen that I've gone against in my career."

At 5 feet 11, 210 pounds, the senior was described by one coach as "a block of granite." Gilman coach Biff Poggi said Goins is limited to two-hand touch against the Greyhounds' running backs in practice or "he could crush somebody."

"He's just a monster," Poggi said, "and he plays so fast. He has such a motor. He's a guy who reminds me of Dwight Freeney [of the Indianapolis Colts], because he's built like him and he comes off the corner. He's a very sophisticated pass rusher. He has excellent technique with not only his get-off, but reading of the tackle and the tackle's hands, and Kenny is able to keep his body clean and away from those tackles. It's rare to see college kids do that well, and Kenny's done that well for a couple years."

This fall, Goins had 15 sacks and 61 tackles. He finished his career with 41 sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Goins also doubled as a running back for the No. 1 Greyhounds, averaging 6 yards per carry and scoring 11 touchdowns. Poggi said if Gilman hadn't had Offensive Player of the Year Cyrus Jones Jr. on the team, Goins would have carried the ball 20 to 25 times per game. He scored 20 rushing touchdowns in his career.

Goins recently committed to Maryland over Syracuse and Tulane. He will play in the Crab Bowl and the Chesapeake Bowl.

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