Luc Knows He's Only One Piece of Puzzle

The college football journey of Jeff Luc is beginning its final chapters. After being a highly decorated high school prospect, Luc learned college football is a grind and sometimes change is needed to reach the goals you've set for yourself. In his final year, Luc talks about his position change and being a leader.

It's been a roller coaster ride for Bearcats linebacker Jeff Luc since he started his college football career at Florida State as a highly ranked prospect out of Treasure Coast High School (Port St. Luci, Fla.).

Now, in his final season, Luc is feeling confident things have come full circle and the Bearcats are ready to continue their success on the field.

"We're off to a good start," said Luc after a recent practice. "I'm excited to see where we're at. Coming in to the spring, I just wanted to see where we were at and I think we're in a lot better position than where we were last spring.

"We're so far ahead of last spring and a lot of us have matured."

While Luc feels he's been a leader by example, he now knows leadership is a lot more than just doing your job on and off the field.

"Speaking for myself, I can't just lead by example anymore," he said. "I must be move vocal on and off the field. Right now, I feel the guys have been responding to me and they've been patient with me. They like that fact I give them the truth.

"The best thing about being a leader is listening to what everyone else has to say. I'm not going to be a leader that sits up on a chair and have everyone carry me. I'm going to get off the chair and help everyone carry it."

Luc knows one player cannot be the leader of a whole team.

"I'm very lucky to have a guy like Nick Temple next to me," explained Luc about his fellow linebacker. "There are also a few others like Adrian Witty and Silverberry Mouhon. Even though Silverberry is young, he's still got a role as a leader."

Another change for Luc this spring is the move to middle linebacker, a move he's enjoying.

"I love it that I'm in the mix and I get a piece of everything," he said. "So I enjoy being in the mix and not just being on one side.

Also filling a spot in the back of Luc's mind is the fact the end of his college career is nearing. Is he finding it hard to believe the journey is almost over?

"I'm not going to say it's hard to believe," he said. "But everything is happening quickly. I had to be patient over the years and for me to now be able to step up and do what I've got to do is great. Eventually everything worked out and now I'm back in the middle where I want to be and I have great guys to do it with."


Bearcat Insider Top Stories