Talking With Naperville Central Linebacker Ethan Pytlak Class Of 2022 - Name To Keep An Eye Out For
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Ethan Pytlak Naperville Central Linebacker Class of 2022 5'10 195
Ethan Pytlak how was your spring season? As a team, our season was fantastic. Couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to play with in my first varsity season. Individually, I was honorable mention All Area and special mention All Conference, but I am still far from satisfied. What does football mean to you? Football means everything to me. I’m going into my ninth season of playing and there’s never been a day where I’ve questioned if I want to hang up the cleats. I’ve already made up my mind that I want to play in college, and I will be happy at whatever level I play at, as long as I have the opportunity to finish school and continue playing. What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field? I think my strongest trait on the field is my combination of speed and strength. Since I’m a smaller guy height-wise, I’ve really been working on those two aspects of my game. I’m stronger than a lot of guys and I know how to translate that strength on the field to get off blocks and make tackles on a heavier back. I also consider myself somewhat fast for a linebacker, so if I have a slow step or misread my key I can recover with my speed and make it seem as if I knew where the play was going before the ball was even snapped. What should college coaches know about you? College coaches should know that I’m one of the hardest workers they will ever meet, and I will capitalize on any opportunity given to me. Coming into the summer of 2020, I was told I was going to be backing up two great linebackers. I put my head down and worked to earn a spot at outside linebacker going into the spring. An injury caused our mike backer to be out for the season, allowing me to step into the position I’ve played my whole career. I think that story speaks about my ability to capitalize on opportunities and my work ethic. What do you like about playing on the defense? I like playing defense because of the ability to physically dominate another team for 4 quarters. It’s the only time where you can physically assault kids your age and not be arrested. Defense also has the ability to change the game. Laying a stick on someone 40 pounds heavier than you or getting a huge turnover fires up the team and can change the whole tide of the game.
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