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Talking With Joliet West Athlete James Zilinger Class Of 2021


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James Zilinger Joliet West Class of 2021 Athlete 5'9 175



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James Zilinger how was your 2019 season? It started off with a tough schedule with Minooka and the Oswego schools but we were able to come together as a team and rally to finish with a conference title. We faced Minooka week one and suffered a tough loss 49-7, but coming back to play them in the first round of the playoffs and having a much closer game showed a lot of improvement and heart in the team. Personally I enjoyed playing both sides of the ball during the season, and look forward to playing both ways again this year. What should college coaches know about you? The most important aspect I think is overlooked sometimes is work ethic, and I think coaches should know that my work ethic is unbeaten. My numbers and stats don't reflect my abilities because I was used primarily as a blocking back on offense because my blocking ability benefited the team. However, I believe this year may be a little different. What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field? Coming from an offensive standpoint, I feel that my vision and patience as a RB is my strongest trait on the field. As a LB on defense, I would say it is my pursuit and closing speed. What does football mean to you? For me its just a way of life. I grew up, and was practically born into the sport because my dad played semi-pro football. I love the sport and always have. Even if i wasn't a player on the field, I know I would be involved with the sport in some way. What goals do you have for yourself this upcoming season? To prove anybody who has doubted me wrong and help my team win another conference title and win a minimum of one playoff game, to get Joliet West over that hump. I want to showcase the player I truly am and help Joliet West gain the respect it truly deserves.





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