From 310 pounds as a freshman to 205 entering his junior year to his current 256. Champion of a preseason chicken wings eating contest. First player on his team this year to “lose his stripes” — that’s a positive thing. Future sailor in the U.S. Navy. And, according to his head coach, “a gnarly dude.”
Jesse Flores is a 5-foot-7 senior right guard and captain, and he just might be the most interesting guy on the Temple Wildcats football team.
He’s an effective player, too. Freed up mentally and physically by his move from center to right guard midway through the regular season, Flores has employed his aggressive on-field attitude and technically sound blocking skills to help Temple’s offense average 404.3 yards per game.
His contributions have been vital for the Wildcats (10-3), who clash with second-ranked Manvel (12-0) in the Class 5A Division I Region III final — a rematch of Temple’s 24-23 victory in the same round last year — at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Prairie View A&M’s Panther Stadium.