Linebackers are the conductors of the defense. They keep the players in tune and on beat, using both their voice and example to lead the group. They are coaches on the field and are handed extra responsibility. For the past two seasons the UMAC Defensive Player of the Year played linebacker for the Greenville College Panthers. Is there a linebacker on the team who can make it a three-peat?

There are plenty of possible suitors for this title. In the middle, Junior Kiso Faletufuga (San Diego, CA), sophomores Cody Lopez (Bonita, CA) and Matt Schuman (Geneva, IL) bring the most experience to the position. They will lead a large group of freshmen linebackers.

On the outside it will be Juniors Mike Ward (Geneseo, IL), Anthony Osuna (Desert Hot Springs, CA) and Darius Golden (McDonough, GA) leading the group. Sophomores Drew Bland (Pana, IL) and Monte Beverly ( Fairview Heights, IL) will compete with the large freshman class for playing time as well.

Coach Schenk is excited about this group, “I have the best group of guys to coach. I can’t wait to get these guys out on the field and see their hard work pay off. Spring ball was such an important time for us; I believe the fruits of that labor will be bountiful.”

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