New Blue Devil DL coach rooted in winning ways
Winning is the measuring stick for new Blue Devil defensive line coach DeRhyane Arnold.
Arnold, a Colquitt County product, has certainly experienced plenty of gridiron winning.
As a Colquitt County High School linebacker, Arnold played for the 2010 State Championship.
At Shorter University, the college linebacker was named to the 2015 All-Academic and honorable mention defensive teams.
Upon returning to his hometown alma mater, Arnold coached for two state runners-up squads in 2017 and 2018.
He recalls recovering a fumble and making two back-to-back.
sacks in the 2010 state semi-finals against Grayson High School. Another career highlight Arnold pointed out came in 2018 when, as Colquitt’s primary defensive tackles coach, he tapped then junior Quay Haynes for his first start to play against rival Lowndes County. Haynes had what Arnold described as a breakout game, which garnered Haynes Division I offers from across the state.
When it comes to judging success, Arnold explained winning was baked into his DNA.
“Where I’m from, success was always winning,” said Arnold of the Colquitt County Packers, who have an 115-29 record over the last decade and two state championships (2014, 2015). “A lot of people feel like winning shouldn’t be the most important thing in football, but I just feel winning shows work ethic. Winning shows a desire to be great.”
In summer workouts, Arnold has found Elbert County players have the potential to be physically tougher than their competition. He added its his job to get them in the right mindset to play that way.