Week 9 Toyota Player of the Week: DreSean Kendrick

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Our Toyota Player of the Week has not grown up with a shortage of football, and everything DreSean Kendrick has learned along the way, is certainly helping this 7-1 EC Glass team.

"We gotta keep going. We got a target on our back now," Kendrick said.

If the team is the target, DreSean Kendrick is the bulls eye.

"We beat the supposedly the best team around," he said.

But you'd never know he's dodging darts by the way he carries himself on the field.

"I will describe him as, he's 'Cool Hand Luke.' He doesn't get rattled. He doesn't loose his composure. He doesn't get too high. He doesn't get too low. He's smooth," head coach Jeff Woody said.

That's the attitude that led to an outstanding game against Jefferson Forest in last Friday night's Black and Blue Bowl. Nine touchdowns and 296 rushing yards for the 63-34 win.

"Sometimes, you come up with a game plan and it doesn't look like it's supposed to look. It doesn't turn out the way you want it to turn out, but it did on Friday night," Woody said.

DreSean is not scoring points alone. Ty Foster knows a thing or two about putting up points.

"I wasn't really nervous, because I'm confident in my team and myself so I don't get nervous," Foster said.

The two ran for eight of the nine, a connection that's been forming since elementary school.

"Me and Ty actually been playing together since we were 10," Kendrick said.

If you want success on Woody's football team, these two guys set the standard.

"They're not vocal leaders, but they lead by example. They want to perform well for the team. They want to be consistent for the team," Woody said. "They want to win."

And it certainly does not hurt when your father is Andre Kendrick.

"He obviously played for Virginia Tech. He's basically been my coach all my life. Even when he's not my actual coach, he'll take me home and tell me what I could do better," Kendrick said.

Fundamentals check. Priorities check.

"If school isn't right, then it doesn't matter what you do on the field," he said.

All the right makings for success when his time as a Hilltopper is finished.

"He's mentally sharp. He's physically talented. It's a gift to have a player like that play for you," Woody said.