Sept. 6, 2007
Northwest Spotlight: Linebacker Jared Erspamer
This week's Northwest Spotlight is on linebacker Jared Erspamer, a senior from Millard South High School in Omaha, Neb.
Erspamer is one of four captains on the Northwest footall team. He led the Bearcats with 83 tackles in 2005 as a sophomore and was second on the team with 72 tackles a year ago. Erspamer has played in 40 games in his collegiate career. He's compiled 165 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions.
Spotlight caught up with Erspamer earlier today:
NS: Coming from Omaha, is this a homecoming game for you this weekend?
JE: Yeah, I'm pretty excited actually. A lot of my friends and family from back home don't get to see me very often because they're involved with football themselves. It's my last time playing in Omaha and I'm excited that they get to watch me play.
NS: Does this mean you'll have some extra fans in the stands?
JE: My parents bought 50 tickets. I don't know the 50 people that are coming, but there's going to be quite a few extra people there.
NS: What's it mean to be a captain on this team?
JE: It's a heck of an honor. It's an honor knowing that my teammates think of me in that way and look up to me as a leader. I don't talk very much so I have to lead by example.
NS: What advice have you given fellow linebackers Evan Wilmes and Matt Robertson?
JE: I try to tell the younger guys to relax and just play football like they've done for years. Matt has the experience of playing at Iowa State and it was a big boost for me to work with him in the preseason.
NS: Why do you wear No. 46?
JE: It was the number they gave me. I tried asking Coach T for a single-digit number, but he said those were for receivers.
NS: Describe Coach Tjeerdsma in three words.
JE: Really good guy
NS: What do you enjoy doing outside of playing football?
JE: Hanging out with friends and taking care of my dog.
NS: What kind of dog do you have?
JE: Caden is a two-year-old rottweiler. He's 110-pounds on his way to about 130. I have to feed him three times a day.
NS: What's the best place to eat on campus?
JE: Chicken fingers at JW's
NS: What's been your favorite class so far at Northwest?
JE: Lifetime individual and team activities with Matt Johnson because he's a laid back guy and he makes class a lot of fun. It also helps that I enjoy playing sports.
NS: Give me your thoughts on the Michigan-Appalachian State game.
JE: Coach T actually said we were going to play Appalachian State so I'm kind of glad we didn't. I was actually walking out of a store when I saw the game on TV and stood and watched the final five minutes from there.
NS: Which defensive players in the NFL do you enjoy watching most?
JE: I'm really good friends with Dave Tollefson and I went up to Green Bay last year and watched him play in the preseason. He's on the practice squad for now, but hopefully he'll have an opportunity to play.
NS: What's the best thing about night games?
JE: Playing under the lights is a lot of fun and reminds me of high school, but I don't like waiting all day to play a game. I'd rather get it over with.
NS: Give me the score of tonight's NFL game.
JE: 28-14 Colts
Erspamer and the second-ranked Bearcats face 11th-ranked Nebraska-Omaha in their season opener Saturday in Omaha. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
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