By David Troppens
Linden resident Ryan Brumley has been playing football since the first grade.
“I remember Saturday morning me and my dad would go watch college football and I’d think I want to be one of those guys out there,” the 2021 Powers graduate said.
Well, his lifetime dream will come true this fall. Brumley will be a member of the Siena Heights University football program.
Brumley’s final list of schools included Northwood University, Olivet Nazarene University and Siena Heights. Sienna Heights won out. Siena Heights is an NAIA school in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference.
“It came down to how hard they were recruiting me,” Brumley said. “(Defensive coordinator Ron Shiels) and me hit if off with our first phone call. I visited it and me and my dad liked the campus.”
Head coach Matt Kohn has coached for five seasons and the program has been steadily improving. The squad went 5-5 in 2016 and 2017, and they improved that record to 7-3 in 2018 and again in 2019. The seven wins represents the most wins the program has had in program history in a season, and the squad was also ranked 14th in the nation at one time in 2019, the program’s highest ranking ever. The Saints weren’t able to compete in the fall of 2020 due to COVID-19 but did have a short 2021 spring season, going 2-2.
At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Brumley already has the frame one would expect out of a college football player. He was a first-team all-conference defensive end and a team captain for the Powers Chargers during the 2020 prep football season. He also has played offensive tackle and tight end. At Siena Heights, he could play just about anywhere.
“I think my size and the amount of work I’ve been putting into it ever since football season has ended has me ready,” Brumley said. “Since football season ended, I’ve been in the weight room, getting ready for the adjustment.
“I was told by Coach Shiels there will be an open competition and he wants me to be ready, get in the mix and compete.”
He could play at halfback or fullback.
“I’m open to it all,” Brumley said. “I want to make and impact and will play wherever I can help the team win.”
Brumley realizes he still has some work to do before being ready for the next level.
“I think I have to work on my speed and agility a little bit,” Brumley said. “I’m 17 and I’ll be competing against some 22-year-olds. But I want to start as a freshman or get as much playing time as soon as I can.”