Banderas reflects on his senior season

Lincoln Southwest linebacker Josh Banderas' season is over, and it ended with him hurt on the sidelines. Come inside as the Husker commitment reflect on his time with the SilverHawks.

LINCOLN, Neb. - When Lincoln Southwest's Mark King was asked what Nebraska commitment Josh Banderas could do to improve himself this past summer, the head coach answered Banderas needed the conditioning and strength to play both sides of the football.

Banderas did that in 2012, not only continuing to star at linebacker, but making a huge impact as a running back, often supplying the only consistent production on the offensive side of the ball.

Banderas' season ended too quickly on Friday afternoon and it didn't end with him on the field.

The 2012 product started the game with 12 carries on the SilverHawks' first drive, racking up 53 yards and the first touchdown of the game, to put LSW up 7-0 early.

But in the third quarter, with the SilverHawks down 21-10, Banderas went down on a play after a five-yard run. It was the second time in the game he had been hurt. Immediately the senior grabbed his ankle and knee, both which have been bothering him for quite some time. He also pounded the ground in frustration – it was like he knew his day was over.

As the game continued, Banderas walked up and down the sidelines, hoping to relieve some of the pain - it never happened.

Omaha North went on to win 28-10 and the senior four-star linebacker didn't play another down. He ended the game with an unofficial 18 carries for 85 yards.

"I felt it and re-taped it and tried, but I just couldn't go," said Banderas about his ankle, which he hurt against the same Omaha North team earlier in the year. "It probably won't heal until I give it some rest, but I have all winter to heal."

After the game, a disappointed Banderas reflected on his time with the program.

"It has meant the world to me. I have made some great friends through the years that I got to play with," said the linebacker.

One of those friends is Christian Lacouture, a fellow Husker commitment, who transferred to LSW after playing 5A Texas football the past two seasons.

"It was fun, we got to be even better friends. He will graduate early, so he will be downtown and I will join him after the spring," said Banderas.

The son of former Husker Tom Banderas, Josh will play in the Army All-American game in early January. He will also be taking his official visit to Nebraska this weekend, as the Huskers take on Michigan.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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