Outzen signs with Birmingham-Southern

Friday, May 17, 2013
Marshall County High School senior Brandon Outzen (front row, second from left) signed a letter of intent to play football at Birmingham-Southern College on Friday afternoon. Also pictured with Brandon are, from left, front row, brother Zach Outzen, mother Mary Outzen, and former MCHS teammate Keifer Bolton; back row, Marshall County athletic director Kevin McGehee and Marshall County football coach Aaron Pitts. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Marshall County High School senior Brandon Outzen will get a chance to continue his football career in college after signing a letter of intent to play for the Birmingham-Southern Panthers on Friday afternoon at the MCHS library.

A two-time All-District selection, Outzen lined up at tight end for the Tigers as a junior before starting at offensive tackle and defensive end his senior year.

Although he caught just one pass for 12 yards while playing tight end his junior year, Outzen helped pave the way for standout tailback Trevor Irizarry, who broke Marshall County's single season rushing record with 2,038 yards. The Tigers also experienced success as a team during the 2011 campaign, as they finished with a 9-4 record that season en route to advancing to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs.

Senior stunner

After playing sparingly on defense as a junior, Outzen was one of the bright spots on Marshall County's defense his senior year. During the 2012 campaign, Outzen recorded 66 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery while helping the Tigers qualify for the playoffs a third straight year.

"One thing that Brandon brought was stability because you knew he was going to come in and work hard. He's always going to do what he's supposed to do and try his hardest. He brought that attitude to practice every day," said MCHS coach Aaron Pitts.

Standing 6'4" and weighing 240 pounds, Outzen is projected to play defensive end at Birmingham-Southern, which had posted a 14-5 record the past two seasons.

"They'll add 25 or 30 more pounds on him by the time they're finished and he'll be a good college player," said Pitts. "He has great technique. He's obviously strong, but he plays with great technique and has good leverage. He's also smart and knows where he's supposed to be."

Early contributor

Outzen choose to accept the scholarship offer at Birmingham-Southern College because he enjoyed his visit there and also believes he has a chance to be a contributor for the Panthers early in his career.

"It isn't a real big school. It seemed like all the teachers took time to talk to me and the class sizes are smaller. All of the coaches took time to talk to me and spent time with me too. It's very similar to Lewisburg.. The campus has a small town feel to it," said Outzen. "They project me playing defensive end and think I can contribute right away. It just depends on how much work I put in."

Unexpected chance

Originally a native of California, Outzen had never played football before moving to Marshall County at the start of his freshman year and was surprised with his own success at the sport.

"Before I came to high school I never thought I'd have a chance to play college football. I'm glad I decided to stick with it and enjoyed playing here," said Outzen.

Brandon also excels in the classroom and boasts a 3.8 grade point average. He is a member of the MCHS Beta Club as well and will graduate with Honors later this month.