At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, David Metzler appears to be the definition of power.

That came across not only as an offensive lineman for the Hilliard Bradley football team, but also as a thrower with the Jaguars' boys track and field program.

A 2020 graduate, Metzler has signed to play football at Youngstown State, but has not ruled out competing for the Penguins' track program.

"Being an offensive lineman really helps me with explosion of the hips, especially in the shot put," Metzler said. "If I'm trying to move someone on the offensive line, I have to explode from my hips. You also start low when you throw the shot or discus, and you get low on the offensive line as well."

Metzler qualified for the Division I state indoor meet March 7 at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, finishing 19th in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 2 1/2 inches. His best throw during the indoor season was 48-3 1/2.

Those performances gave him high hopes for the outdoor season, but all spring sports were canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"David is a student of the sport and he has great leadership qualities," coach Ben Gadfield said. "He puts his time in and he's coachable. He's very hard-working."

John Riggs, the Jaguars' throws coach, also coached Metzler during his freshman football season.

"David works extremely hard on his technique and getting more power in the weight room," said Riggs, who also leads Bradley's wrestling program. "He's a student of the throwing events and he's a gifted athlete with a great work ethic. You combine his physical talents, his work ethic and his commitment to improvement and that's how you find success.

"He's going to Youngstown State on a football scholarship, but track and field always has been a part of his high school and middle school careers. It's a shame he didn't have the opportunity to have a great senior (outdoor) season. He was a regional qualifier as a junior and was on course to at least repeat that and probably go to state."

Metzler holds the Jaguars' outdoor record in the discus, 140-8. His best throw in the shot put during outdoor season was 44-5.

"It's bad that the season ended, but I'm glad that I got to spend some time with my friends on the team in the preseason," Metzler said. "My goal was to go to the state meet, and thankfully I was able to accomplish that in the indoor season in the shot put. Life will still go on, and hopefully I can (throw) some in college after spring ball."

Metzler continues to work out as he prepares for football this fall with Youngstown State. He has tried to stay in shape with the help of his mother, Maria.

"My mom is a self-employed personal trainer and I have been doing some yoga with her and that has helped me a lot," said Metzler, who graduated with a 4.3 GPA and plans to study a pre-medical curriculum in college. "She has been having classes online right now. I just have been trying to keep in shape the best that I can."

Metzler originally was supposed to report to Youngs-town State's preseason football camp Sunday, June 14. However, those plans changed because of the pandemic.

"Right now, (the freshmen are) not supposed to report until mid-July," Metzler said. "I'm waiting to see if that will change."

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