Coach Spotlight: Logan Haug

Eight-man football is a longstanding tradition in small towns across the national landscape. It goes on without much attention given to form coaches of major college football programs or hoopla from recruiting media outlets, but that doesn't mean the kids can't play ball. Logan Haug, who started at B&B High School in Baileyville in Kansas, will grayshirt at Kansas State.

"It was the Wednesday before the championship when Kansas State called wanting Logan to go visit," said B&B High School head coach Steve Tiernan. "Since Logan was planning on going to Kansas State anyway, I asked them to get back to us after the game.

"It was a couple of weeks after the big signing day when they offered him. I talked to Michael Smith, and he said it was a grayshirt or redshirt offer. Now Sean Synder has taken over as Logan's recruiter. I've just talked to him one time, but, yes, I believe it's a grayshirt offer."

Haug, 6-6, 255, has the build of some of the nation's top recruits. He plays tight end and defensive end. Tiernan thinks Haug would have received much more attention and offers at a bigger school, but was glad to have him on his B&B roster.

"When he was a sophomore, I told him he had the same build and athleticism as Jerame Tuman (a 10-year NFL veteran with the Steelers and Cardinals), who I coached when I was at Liberal. I gave him an article to read on Tuman, and that really sparked his interest. He started for us as a junior and senior and was a man among boys."

Eight-man football is usually played without the two tackles and a wide receiver on offense and without two defensive backs and a down lineman on defense. The game is generally run at a faster pace than 11-man teams.

Haug complied 64 tackles as a senior, eight sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery at defensive end. On offense he had 268 yards receiving with seven touchdowns at tight end and even made a game-winning field goal in overtime to beat Hanover in Twin Valley League play.

"Bill Snyder's not going to call me and ask me what position Logan should play, but I'd put him at tight end," said Tiernan. "He's a very diverse athlete, fast. He has good hands, runs good routes, and is just smart. With his frame he'd make a good target to throw to and he can get open. If he plays defensive end, I think he'll need to add 30-40 pounds.

"Fundamentally he's as sound as they come. He does a good job reading the guards and breaking containment to get after the quarterback. He can stick his big paw up and swat passes down. Going in though, I don't think Kansas State wants him at anything other than an athlete."

The B&B Falcons went 13-0 on the year winning the state championship. Haug was named 1st team All-State ( Kansas 8-man) and 2010 8-man Player of the Year. He was listed honorable mention at tight end in all classifications in Kansas high school football.

"Logan is very intelligent," said Tiernan. "He scored 29 or 30 on the ACT and wants to become some type of doctor. His goal at Kansas State is the education. He did have offers from other smaller schools. Benediction College in Atchison, Kansas, which is very expensive, was offering him a full ride and he was very close to accepting it.

"He's very quiet. Until he was a junior I don't think I heard him say more than 15 words. He's loosened up now that he's a senior and talks all the time. Logan's a tremendous worker and is in the weight room religiously."

Logan Haug will play in the Kansas- Nebraska All-State 8-man game. Zack Nemechek, now with Kansas State, played in the game as a senior out of Quinter (Kansas) High School.

Haug just completed basketball season and is now with the track and field team competing in discuss and shot put and occasional running events. Coach Tiernan said he ran a 11.8 in the 100 meter last spring and has run a 40 in the low 4.7's. His first cousin, Brad Haug, was a four-year starter at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

Haug wore No. 45 for the Falcons and will graduate in May at B&B High School and plans on arriving in Manhattan in early June.

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