Sports was a big extracurricular for me. My first love was basketball, and I practiced with the goal of being Pete Maravich. But, you know how some people just seem to be suited for certain things? Football was like that for me. There was something instinctual about playing defense and pursuit, and I was fortunate to have great coaches.
I was the Oregon 2A Defensive Player of the Year my senior year in high school and committed to WOU, where I played middle and strong-side linebacker and special teams. I played as a true freshman and ended up being a four-year starter.
We were a team of individuals my freshman year, and we earned our 1-9 record. But our core group stuck together, changed the culture, started playing for each other, and believed in working hard to achieve our goals. Our record improved yearly, and we finished our senior year 9-2. 2023 will be the 100th anniversary of football at WOU. In that time, only four football teams have had a 9-win season.