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Meet Lake Forest Linebacker Finn Goodman Class Of 2025

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Finn Goodman Lake Forest Linebacker Class of 2025 6'1 165

Finn Goodman how was your freshmen season?

My freshman year was great. We started off the season strong at 4-1, only allowing 11.8 ppg and scoring 22.2 ppg. During the 6th game of the season, I injured my arm on a tackle and our starting running back fractured his wrist, and we lost a nail biter to Libertyville. I was injured for one more week and our running back was out for the rest of the season. We had to make many adjustments to our offense, but that didn’t stop us from playing our hearts out. In the final game of the season, we were neck and neck with the undefeated Warren Bulldogs. With 1 minute left they scored a game winning touchdown and ended up winning. We were proud with ourselves. It was our best game as a team. We had very few errors, and left everything on the field. I led the freshman team in tackles that year as well. I can’t wait for my sophomore year of football.

What does football mean to you?

Football is way more than a game to me. Football is my life. I eat, breathe, and sleep football. I’m constantly pushing myself to become a better football player by watching film, training in the weight room, speed training at TC Boost, and conditioning. Without football, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Football has shaped me into the tough, smart, dedicated person I have become.

What was your favorite memory from last season?

My favorite memory from last season was being able to play up for varsity during the playoffs. Many JV kids and some freshman were asked to play up for playoffs to help varsity on scout team. It was an amazing experience. I got to experience what it was like playing under the lights on Friday nights. The adrenaline rushing through your body on the sideline after a great play. Being able to work with the outstanding varsity linebackers. Watching hype tapes before each game. Winning a game on a last second field goal. Everything about it was remarkable, and it’s an experience I’ll never forget.

What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field?

My strongest trait on the football field is being able to act as a leader and know where everyone is supposed to go and what they are supposed to do. I am able to read and react quickly to offenses, and I hustle every play. I always give 100% effort. If my teammate ever forgets what he needs to do, I can guide him and remind him. I know all of my plays and every defender’s role in them.

What should college coaches know about you?

College coaches should know that I am very quick, agile, hard-hitting, and hard working. You will never see me give less than 100% effort in games, scrimmages, lifts, conditioning, and practice. I am always ready to work and get better. I lift my teammates up and help them get better instead of brining them down. I have great team chemistry with all of my teammates, and they can always rely on me to play my role in the defensive schemes.

What part of your game have you been working on in the offseason?

This off-season, I have really focused on increasing my speed, strength, and size. I was only 135 pounds my freshman year of football. My max bench was 145 and my max squat was 185. Now in May 2022, I weigh 165 pounds and my max bench is 205, while my max squat is 245. I have gone to speed and agility training at TC Boost run by Tommy Christian. I have increased my vertical jump, 40 time, and broad jump a great amount. My conditioning and confidence is better than ever, thanks to wrestling. This winter I joined the Lake Forest High School Wrestling Team. I was nervous at first, but after a week I loved it. I could feel myself get stronger, tougher, and smarter throughout the season. Halfway through it I made varsity, and even pinned some seniors! Wrestling has taught me much about leverage, toughness, and being able to man handle a guy much bigger than you.

What goals do you have for yourself this upcoming season?

This season, my goal is to be more confident when approaching the ball handler. Last year I found myself letting them come to me, but this year I will go to them and stuff them at the line of scrimmage. I also hope to get more sacks. I will use my speed and strength to get pass the o-line to the quarterback. I will stop hesitating on what to do and stop thinking to much. I will read the defenses and do what I know I need to do to stop the runner.

What do you like about playing linebacker?

My favorite part about playing linebacker is the physicality. I love to hit, and at linebacker you get to hit people play after play. I also like that it requires intelligence to play, which I have. I am able to read offenses well and know where everyone else should be on a play. A middle linebacker is like the quarterback of the defense, and they must be willing and confident enough to lead the defense, which I am.

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