Former Cardinal Hoover a hit at Kansas Wesleyan
To hear Austin Hoover tell it, life as a college football player at Kansas Wesleyan University is something he greatly enjoys, even though he has little free time.
“It’s your life in college,” Hoover said. “You eat, sleep and breathe football. And you really have to have a passion for the game to play college football.”
This year as a junior, Hoover, a former Eudora football player, played in nine games (five starts) and had 22 tackles at strong side linebacker for the Coyotes. The team started the season 4-1 before losing four in a row. But Wesleyan won its final game against Southwestern College 33-0 to finish with a 5-5 record.
“I feel like we started out with a lot of confidence and won a couple games at the beginning,” Hoover said. “We were beating good teams. And when we lost our first game, we lost a lot of that confidence. And as a team our morale kind of got low, and we weren’t playing like we knew how to play.”
Hoover credited his playing days at Eudora and coach Gregg Webb for his success on the gridiron in college.
“Coach Webb really helped prepare me for college,” Hoover said. “He had a lot to do with how I play now. And he really emphasized on being coachable in high school.”
Hoover still checks in on the Eudora football team as often as he can, but his Friday night’s are reserved for his team.
“There’s no possible way for me to get back and watch a game because I have stuff every night for my team and we have curfew on Fridays.”
Hoover, who is majoring in engineering physics, will be a senior next fall. And he is looking forward to what 2010 might hold.
“This year we had a really young team,” he said. “We had a lot of new guys, and I look forward to all of them bringing together what we learned from this season. And I just think we’re going to be really good next year.”