TSF 2020 Indiana DPOY: Kole Viel

As is the case in most years, the East Central (8-3) defense plays a large role in its annual prosperity. Last fall was no different. The Trojans allowed just 11.1 points per game, held nine of their 11 foes to 12 points or less and recorded two shutouts. East Central’s three losses were to Indiana Class 3A state champions Bishop Chatard, Class 4A state champions Roncalli and Class 4A state semifinalist Mooresville.

A large reason for East Central’s success was the play of linebacker, Kole Viel who was named our 2020 TriState Football Indiana Defensive Player of the Year for his performance on the field.

Viel, who has committed to University of Indianapolis recorded 59 total tackles, had 12 tackles for losses, three sacks, two forced fumbles and returned his only interception for touchdown as a senior. That effort also garnered Viel EIAC 4A DPOY accolades. The three-year starter finished his career as a Trojan with 211 total tackles, 24 tackles for losses, eight sacks, three forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three interceptions.

University was founded in 2005 and started its postseason awards for Indiana Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Viel is the fourth player from East Central to earn the honor.

TriState Football Indiana Defensive Players of the Year:
2020 – Kole Viel (East Central)
2019 – Kyle Krummen (East Central)
2018 – Trey Heidlage (Batesville)
2017 – Mason Parris (Lawrenceburg)
2016 – Mason Parris (Lawrenceburg)
2015 – Hunter Armstrong (East Central)
2014 – Seth Williamson (Batesville)
2013 – Colin Brown (Batesville)
2012 – Payton Stonefield (East Central)
2011 – Payton Stonefield (East Central)

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