Doesn’t matter the sport. Look down any roster, and there’s that guy.
The one who seems like he’s been there forever.
This year, that’s Andover senior Eli Renoux.
“Well, I guess I’ve always tried to not necessarily play like my age,” Renoux said, laughing. “I get that a lot of people think I should be graduated by now, definitely.”
Renoux (6-foot, 185 pounds) has been a starter since the sixth game of his freshman year — and it’s been a pretty epic run. In the last three years, Andover has gone 23-6 and made the state playoffs twice. Renoux’s punt return for a touchdown against Campus his sophomore season made it to No. 1 on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Top 10 plays.
As a junior, Renoux was an honorable mention All-Class 5A wide receiver and All-AV-CTL II at running back, wide receiver and specialist. He was also second team All-AV-CTL II at defensive back.
“He’s smart, he’s confident and he believes in himself,” Andover coach Mike Lee said. “Eli’s grandma works in our building, so I’ve been around him since middle school. It feels like he’s been on the team forever.”
This year, the challenge will be in a position change, with Renoux moving to quarterback.
Lee experimented with Renoux behind center in some wildcat sets last season, but he’s never started a game there before.
“We need an athlete at quarterback, somebody that can move and make plays,” Lee said. “And that’s Eli.”
Renoux has shown some natural ability at rolling out and throwing on the run, but dropping back and making decisions in the pocket will take some work.
He’ll have the advantage of three returning starters on the offensive line: Jared Drummond, Will Valentas and Nate Brewer.
“Putting me at quarterback gives me the best chance to help the team excel,” Renoux said. “It gives us more options for our team as a whole. Toward the end of last year, we kind of knew this was going to be my role this year.
“We’ve had the same offense since I’ve been here, so I understand what the quarterback needs to do and that the offense is geared for a quarterback who can run and throw and be a playmaker.”