Chadron State College defensive coordinator Craig Jersild thinks the linebacker position will be a solid piece of the Eagles’ defensive system this fall. In particular, he’s counting on senior Tyler Lewis and junior Travis Wilson to provide outstanding leadership in the middle.
The coach calls both Lewis and Wilson “true Eagles, tough guys who play hard all the time.” This will be Lewis’s third year as a starter while Wilson played both linebacker and in the defensive line last year, but will be a full-time linebacker this season.
Lewis is a graduate of Arvada West High School in the Denver area and Wilson is from Fresno, Calif.
Another Wilson, Bryant (Buster) Wilson, a sophomore from Alliance, also ranks high on Jersild’s list of linebackers. Last year, Buster Wilson made his debut by blocking a punt for a touchdown in the third game of the season. Redshirt freshman Joey Geil of Casper Kelly Walsh is also expected to provide good depth at middle linebacker, Jersild said.
The Eagles will open the season on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Black Hills State in Spearfish. Kickoff is set for 6 o’clock.