Opening with a national opponent is nothing new for Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier and defensive tackle Simeon Lane. Despite a few mistakes, Lane feels this year’s Bombers squad is one to be reckoned with.
“We had a lot of mistakes,” said Lane. “Four turnovers, but we pulled it off in the end. We have to clean it up some but we’ll be good. We just need some more work.”
Last season’s 5-6 record was something Lane and his fellow seniors want no part of in their final year.
“I think the big difference is we’re just a tight knit group,” explained Lane. “In the past, seniors didn’t talk with the underclassmen, so we got rid of all of that this year and turned it around. So I think it’s a big chemistry thing for us this year.”
As for the physical change Lane worked hard at since the end of last season, the results showed on the field.
“It felt real good,” he said with a smile. “I’m in a lot better shape and I could keep going hard every play. It feels a lot better.”
With several offers from programs ranging from service academies, Ivy League schools and programs in the Big Ten and Mid American Conference, Lane is not ready to name any leaders but is working on it.
“I’m just kind of narrowing down all the different colleges,” he said. “I’ll try and figure out what official visits I might take soon.”
Lane is truly a different player this season as he’s dropped a considerable amount of weight during the past few months. The biggest change comes from Lane’s ability to now take more snaps and play a bigger role on the field. Don’t look for huge stats when looking at Lane as he’s a player that takes up space making piles for others to come in, clean up and get the glory. He’s more explosive now while still being able to man the middle of the Bombers defense and a player who could see more schools take notice early this fall.