Steven Kim wanted to carry the ball when he first arrived to the Burbank High football program as a freshman four years ago, so he became a fullback.
However, his struggles in the freshman Big Game in 2009 made him rethink his decision to be a ball carrier.
"I actually fumbled twice against Burroughs in that game," said Kim, a senior. "One of our assistant coaches, coach [Pete] Rosas, suggested that I should play defense, and maybe the line would be a good place for me."
Kim made the switch prior to his sophomore season, and he says the decision was one of the best he's ever made. Since moving to defensive lineman, the 5-foot-11, 265-pound nose tackle has earned two consecutive All-Pacific League and All-Area honors while putting up impressive numbers for the Bulldogs.
"That is a kid that has worked very hard to learn the position and make himself better as a lineman," Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. "Every year he has improved and this season he's a guy on our defensive line that other teams have trouble stopping. He has definitely become a force."