At 5-foot-9, 250 pounds, Harker Heights senior Cody Kipp isn’t the biggest nose tackle in Class 5A.
But that doesn’t stop Kipp from contributing on the inside as he starts on the Knight defensive line while also helping out on the offensive line as needed.
How long have you been playing football?
I’ve been playing football since the third grade, took a break about fifth grade and started back up in about middle school. And I’ve been playing since then.
What made you start back up in middle school?
To be honest with you, I don’t know. My grandpa was like, “Play football, it’ll get you back in shape for something.” And I was like, “alright.”
Have you always played on the lines?
(In) middle school, I played linebacker and then freshman year (also). And then they moved me down sophomore year — no big deal to me.
You’re not one of the bigger guys out there, so what is that like?
Being shorter, it kind of has its advantages, and it also has its disadvantages. But being shorter for me is just I’ve got to work harder on the field and in the weight room whenever I can.
So, what are some of the advantages?
Getting low pad, and that’s kind of it. Maybe (being) a little quicker.
What is it like when you’re facing a guy who’s high-200s, maybe even 300 pounds across from you?
The disadvantage is they can be stronger than me, have better footwork and just out-power me most of the time, but luckily I haven’t had that happen.
Can it be intimidating? Some of these guys are like 6-foot-6.
When I see somebody about 6-6 or something like that I’m like, “dang,” but being on the interior D-line’s a little better than being the D-end.
What’s a game where you remember (facing) a big guy where you were like, “Oh man,” but you actually felt like you did OK at the end of the night?
(Against) Temple last year. He wasn’t really tall, but I heard he was strong. And I played, and he put me on my butt a couple of times, but overall I had a good game. And Cedar Park this year, they had some pretty decent sized big boys, and I just had to be a low man.