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A big brother is a person when you need him, someone who will pick you up when you fall, a person who will stick up for you when no one else will; but more importantly, he is someone you can learn from.  These two DBs (Zyon Gilbert and Trey Gunter) are taking full advantage of their older siblings.   See the article from Montgomery Advertiser.


The Jeff Davis coaches have been working hard to teach junior defensive backs Trey Gunter and Zyon Gilbert how to lock down opponents in the secondary. But the two have also gotten some extra help.

Both have consulted their older brothers to improve their game, and it’s paid off on the field as the Vols are off to a 5-1 start heading into Saturday’s game against Prattville at Cramton Bowl.

Gunter moved from quarterback to defensive back this offseason, and has been getting tips from his older brother, LaDarius, who now plays cornerback for the Green Bay Packers.

“He teaches me a lot of things. This is my first year playing defensive back, so he taught me a lot of things,” Gunter said. “I talk to him every night. See what he’s doing up there, and just keep remaining focused.”

Gunter has only been playing on defense for six games, but said there’s no debate who’s better in coverage.

“I’m better,” Gunter said.

It hasn’t always been a smooth ride for Gunter. A lingering knee injury limited him as a freshman, and then another injury as a sophomore ended his season early. He missed a number of practices, and was suspended from spring football this offseason. That’s when LaDarius had to step in.

“Trey has to be the biggest surprise for us this season,” Jeff Davis coach Lee Carter said. “His brother started working out with the team. He talked to me and said, ‘I’m going to make sure he does what’s right.’ Ever since then, Trey’s been one of the leaders for us on the back end. He ripped the team a new one after the game against Lanier for playing so bad. And he’s actually the guy who gathered guys up on Saturday morning, the only off day that they do have, he gathered those guys up to come up to the school and workout.”

Gilbert has gone to his brother, Meryles II, and his dad, Meryles, for advice. The younger Meryles played defensive back for Carter at G.W. Carver before going to play for Alabama State, following his father’s footsteps.

“Both of them play with so much confidence, and that just comes from his dad, a good friend of mine. Every time I see him, we say the same thing, ‘Attitude is everything,'” Carter said. “So both Meryles and Zyon play with so much attitude and so much passion. I think it comes from their dad.”

Jeff Davis fell down to Prattville 21-0 last year before losing 42-34. Gilbert thinks a better start this year could lead to a better ending.

“Starting fast, no sluggish starts like we’ve been having. Just have to play fast, everybody do their job and minimize the mistakes,” Gilbert said.

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