Player Spotlight: Kai Wolfe

If you need a big man in the middle to stuff the run, Alma, Nebraska's Kai Wolfe just might be your man. Alma, a small town in southern Nebraska near the Kansas boarder, is home to the Cardinals. After several spring visit to in-state powerhouse Nebraska, Wolfe went south to attend the Kansas State spring game. "My only goal is to stay healthy and beat the crap out of the guy across from me."

"It was cool there," Kai Wolfe said of the KState visit. "I really enjoyed it. The facilities were excellent. Some of the alumni came up to me and started a conversation. They're very down-to earth people. I had the chance to talk with Coach [Charlie] Dickey and Coach [Del] Miller. It was interesting listening to Coach Snyder talk about the program and how it's all about family there."

Wolfe, 6-foot-3, 290-pounds, had a big junior season making 1st team All-District at defensive line and 2nd team as an offensive lineman. He was named All-Region honorable mention. Several publications, including the Omaha World-Herald, the Lincoln Journal Star, and Huskerland Preps, selected Wolfe as an All-State performer.

"This year I played with more patience," said Wolfe. "I waited to see the play develop and where the ball was going. My job at nose tackle is to use my hands to get off people and shove the ball carrier in the dirt."

Although Wolfe speaks like a true defensive guy, he also plays a little center and guard for the Cardinals. All of his All-State mentions came as an offensive lineman. This summer he plans to show up at camps and give schools a taste of what he can do at both ends.

"In June I'm camping at Nebraska, Football University in Denver, and North Dakota State," said Wolfe. "In July I'm going to South Dakota State, South Dakota, and Kansas State on July 30th."

Wolfe says the schools showing the most interest at the moment include Fort Hays State, Nebraska, Kansas State, and North Dakota State. With an impressive performance this summer, Wolfe, who is built like a Mack truck, is likely to land numerous offers.

"I want to play for coaches who have taken the time to get to know me on a personal basis," Wolfe said. "I'd like for them to know my name, what I look like, and take an interest in getting to know me. Facilities are something I always look at. When I went to Nebraska, what they had was breathtaking."

Alma finished the year at 9-2 making it to the Nebraska Class D1 quarterfinals where they fell to Creighton. This year Wolfe and company are looking for bigger and better things.

"I think we have a chance of being the most successful team in the school's history with the team we have coming back," said Wolfe. "We have a lot of great athletes on the team. My only goal is to stay healthy and beat the crap out of the guy across from me."

Wolfe started three games as a freshman and three as a sophomore before becoming a full-time starter as a junior. He made 43 tackles, one sack, and one interception from his nose tackle position. He played basketball and track & field (shot put and discus). In track he earned Academic All-State honors this past season. He wears No. 92 for the upstart Alma Cardinals.

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