An all-conference offensive lineman a year ago.Sickles 2021 Nohl Settlemire enters the upcoming season as one of the Tampa region’s top returning centers. At 6’0, 260-pounds, Settlemire brings toughness, a high football IQ and a second coach on the field. He has strong footwork, and is a pulling center who excels at getting to the second level.
A year ago, Settlemire started all 11 games for the Gryphons and graded out the highest of the programs offensive linemen. He reports a 5.1 40, 300 bench, 450 squat and 435 dead lift.
A Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Settlemire says his favorite player in Central Florida native Maurkice Pouncey who attended Lakeland HS and was a standout for the Florida Gators.
“He can block on power and finesse plays, love how Maurkice gets off the ball and gets his hands of the defender quickly with great pad level, doesn’t let linemen get under his pads,” Settlemire says. “Also he plays with a lot of passion which I love.”
Settlemire says he has spent much of the offseason focused on getting stronger and faster and says he has made strides in both area’s despite the impact of the Coronavirus.
“I think I’m definitely on my way to obtaining these goals,” he said. “I’ve been grinding this offseason. I also want to become a better leader. We have lots of young talent and I want to be able to set a great example.”
Settlemire says he has been focusing on the basics this offseason my footwork, pad level, hand placement, and becoming even more aggressive.
“I had to find ways to adapt not being around teammates and not being able to workout on campus but I found different ways to reach the goals I set for myself this offseason. I watched a lot of film and tried to use any way possible to get better, having more time to work out and focus on the mental part of the game has been beneficial for sure.”
Coming off a 5-5 season in 2019,, Settlemire says Sickles may enter the 2020 season flying under the radar but have high expectations.
“I think some people may be underestimating us and we can’t wait to prove we are one of Hillsborough Counties best kept secrets,” he says. “Coach (Patrick) Murphy is always preaching to us to get 1 percent better everyday. I think this team has really taken this to heart. I love the attitude and vibe that surrounds this group, we really want to play for each other. A return to the playoffs is the expectation.”