GETTING TO KNOW
Kapaun Mount Carmel football
Truman, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior fullback and linebacker who has a 3.4 grade-point average, will be on TV tonight when ESPNU broadcasts the Kapaun at Bishop Carroll football game. But Truman's focus is on beating the Crusaders' biggest rival, which they haven't done in the last 10 meetings. He has 38 tackles, 16 solo, and three sacks this season.
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What do you enjoy most about football?
"I've been playing since I was in third grade. I like the team aspect of it and I like how, as a team, we're a family and we all blend. We're all fighting for spots and stuff, but when it comes down to it, we're like a family.
"I like contact sports. I played baseball ever since I was really little, then once I started football in third grade, I had to give up baseball. It wasn't contact enough for me. It got boring for me."
You play offense and defense, which do you prefer?
"I just like being on defense. It's nice to run the ball and get touchdowns and stuff. But I like hitting people and that's what I'm getting recruited for."
You're also a wrestler, how have you done?
"I've gotten fourth two years, fourth last year and the year before (in the Class 5A tournament). Last year I was ranked first all year (at 171 pounds) and then got the stomach flu at state. The morning of, that day.
"I was throwing up, I don't know how many times. I threw up on the mat when I was wrestling, twice. If I threw up again, I would have had to forfeit. I held in my throw-up."
How frustrating was it to be sick at state?
"It was really frustrating just because I was working really hard the whole season. I was ranked first the whole season, and it was a freak thing that happened."
What are your plans for the future?
"I want to play football in college. I'm really thinking about Kansas State. They're looking at me. I hope everything works out with that.
"And then ultimately, I think that I'd like to be a firefighter. I've always thought about what I want to do when I'm older, and there's something about saving someone's life that makes me want to do it. It seems like it would be a really rewarding occupation."