Myers sees adjustment from Muncy to Warriors
Going to school so close to home isn’t such a bad thing for Lycoming’s Levi Myers. It’s an easy trip home to Muncy to see his parents whenever he wants to.
Especially if he needs some laundry done.
But at the same time, it comes with its drawbacks. He’s never more than a phone call away when his parents need some help at home.
“But if mom is going to help with laundry, I can come down and help with other things,” Myers said.
Myers came to Lycoming a couple years ago because he just wanted a chance to play football somewhere in college. He loved the Warriors’ history of winning championships, like the MAC title they won during his senior year at Muncy.
Championships weren’t something Muncy had a chance to win during Myers’ four years in high school. The Indians went a combined 21-20 during his four years, earning Eastern Conference playoff bids in both his sophomore and junior seasons.
Myers was an Earth-mover on those Muncy teams, though. At 6-foot-4, 265 pounds, there weren’t very many players he went against he wasn’t bigger than and couldn’t bully around on a football field.
But when he moved down I-180 a few miles to Williamsport, he quickly saw how different the college game is from high school. Training camp was a struggle for Myers last year as a freshman.
“Everybody was beating me with everything,” Myers said. “I was struggling. In high school I could bully anybody, but here everyone is my size and it’s definitely a lot harder. It was a big eye-opener.”
It’s an issue which isn’t uncommon to first-year college football players, according to Lycoming head coach Mike Clark.
“For anyone to walk into an established college football program and start as a freshman, I don’t care if it’s Alabama or us, it’s different,” Clark said. “It’s way different. I think a lot of freshmen get their eyes opened. It’s not just Levi. It’s everybody.”
Myers wasn’t too pleased with his first year of college football. He felt like he was struggling with the adjustment and just wasn’t picking up things. But as the season went along, he eventually found his way into a handful of varsity games. He was even listed as a back-up on the team’s two-deep depth chart.
He appeared in four games for the 4-6 Warriors a year ago. For Myers, it was a sign that while he thought he was struggling, the coaches clearly had confidence in him.
“They obviously thought differently than I did,” Myers said. “It made me feel better and it made me go out and try to work as hard as I could to help out.”
Myers used that brief time in the lineup to help him get ready for his sophomore year. He came in with the goal of wanting to be the Warriors’ starting right tackle. He spent the summer working in the weight room, knowing he had to be stronger.
But he spent even more time on his footwork. He never realized before he got to Lycoming just how important his feet were to playing the offensive line. But in his focus on the fundamentals, he always made time to work on his feet.
“Regardless of position, whether it’s O-Line or D-Line, running back or wideout or quarterback, everything is from the ground up,” Clark said. “You have to be smart and know what you’re supposed to do and be knowledgeable. But the fundamentals of football or athleticism is all about your feet.”
“I felt a lot better than I did originally,” Myers said. “I put in a lot of work over the summer, so I was hoping I’d be able to start.”
Now Myers is a part of an offensive line which has Lycoming as the fourth-best rushing team in the Middle Atlantic Conference. He’s battled through some nagging injuries throughout the course of the season, but for a sophomore stepping into his first consistent game action, Clark has been pleased with Myers’ play.
“He’s a guy who is big and athletic and he’s done a nice job,” Clark said. “There’s nothing like experience. We still think he’ll continue to grow as a player, but he’s had a nice sophomore year.”