Editor’s note: This feature is a way to highlight Ramblers who might otherwise fly under the radar but still contribute to the football program.
Loyola’s offensive line is one of the best in the state. After his team’s loss to the Ramblers, St. Rita head coach Todd Ruska told 22nd Century Media that their front five has NFL-like qualities.
While senior guard Jack Badovinac, a captain and Colgate University commit, has received a deserved amount of attention, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Brien has been one starter who has hidden in plain sight.
“He never seems to be mentioned with the other linemen, but he’s really made himself into a good player,” Loyola head coach John Holecek said. “He’s been a hard worker and steady player for us.”
Badovinac called Brien a “gentle giant,” but a player who means business on the football field.
“He’s become a lot more aggressive this year,” Badovinac said. “We call him Mean Cal Brien. But he’s the nicest kid off the field.”
With Brien on the line, Loyola’s offense has averaged 44.2 points and 6.9 yards per play.