HOWLAND’S Cody Reesman has a knack for getting in the way. As the nose tackle in the football team’s 3-4 defensive scheme, the senior was in charge of one thing — get in the way of the blockers and let his teammates run free. As one of only three defensive starters returning from the 2009 team, Reesman anchored a defense that shut out six opponents and helped the Tigers achieve an undefeated regular season. Named the Defensive Player of the Year in Division II, Reesman said it’s good to get a little recognition, especially since he’s used to just doing the dirty work. “It means a lot to me because not a lot of defensive linemen get represented, especially a nose tackle. We don’t get the glory, but it’s just part of the job. We’re the ones who lock up the middle and sit back to watch everyone else get all the glory. To be recognized and named the Defensive Player of the Year is just an honor.” Reesman fits the mold for the position. He stands at 6-foot-1, 280-pound force in the middle had to go up against double-teams, and sometimes triple-teams on a weekly basis. It wasn’t uncommon for him to have both guards and the center in his face on every play. “No matter where you’re going you’re always going to meet someone,” he said. Reesman, along with fellow seniors Andy Davis and Kenny Pozega, had to lead by example as the only three returners to carry over. Reesman said it was the goal of the defense to have a zero on the scoreboard for the opponent every week. And the Tigers did that with a lot of hard hits and hard attitudes. “We had to be hard on each other if we were going to get better,” Reesman said. “That way, if one of us makes a mistake, it’s only going to be a little mistake and one of us is going to come in right behind and help them out.” Reesman said he hopes to play football in college — he’s undecided as to where that is — and wants to major in criminal justice. Reesman also is on the wrestling team.