Player Spotlight: Jon Hershberger

<STRONG>Interview with Highland RB</STRONG>

A big part of Highland's success last year was due to the tough running by RB Jon Hershberger. The 2nd Team All Fiesta Region RB returns as one of the more unheralded players in the state. Look for him to get the bulk of the carries with the loss of Wes Orth to graduation.


24-7: What were your stats from last season?
111 carries, 614 yards, 9 rushing Touchdowns, 2 receptions for 24 yards, 28 solo tackles and 7 assists.


24-7: What is your official height and weight?
5'10 195.

24-7: What is your greatest football memory?
Jon: Going as far as we did this season, even with everyone and the media against

24-7: What was it like going through that hot streak you guys went through last year?
Jon: One of the greatest feelings in the world to prove people wrong and put our team on the map. It really didn't hit us till after the season was over that we accomplished so much this season.

24-7: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
Jon: To keep Highland on the map and do whatever possible to get us to the stadium if its just playing defense or being moved to a full back position.

24-7: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?
Jon: Obviously lifting, I will be going to the standard football camp that the team goes to ran by the infamous coach workmen

24-7: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Jon: Breaking through the first level lowering a shoulder and getting to the secondary for big gains. BLOCKING.

24-7: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Jon: Ronald Young, he's a senior this year, 3rd string running back but i promise you he is going to be huge this year he has devoted himself some much more in the weight room and I know for a fact he won't be watching the games from the sidelines this year.

24-7: Name one teammate you really respect and why?
Jon: Wesley Orth (FB), whenever we needed to get something done he could accomplish it and more. I fed off of him and he fed off of me, no matter what situation we were in we would tell each other in the huddle lets do this or that. He was always the first one i would look for to celebrate a win with or suffer a loss.

24-7: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
Jon: Even if its not division 1, I would do whatever it take to add another 4 years of football to my life even if it was JUCO.

24-7: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
Jon: I have only received letters, Princeton, Yale, ASU, and other division III colleges on the west coast.

24-7: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
Jon: Yes.

24-7: What would your top 5 college choices be?
Jon: NAU, UofA, ASU, Cal, SDSU.

24-7: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
Jon: Corona Del Sol's Middle line backers, #34 Jake Taylor and #33 Kirk Cox, those two weren't the biggest guys but they could read holes in an instant, and those two were the two hardest hitters. Those two hit you every play and physically beat you down. Orth and I agreed that we have never been hit as hard as though two hit.

24-7: Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
Jon: Westwood, they were a tough team, and they respected you. Both of us were searching for the same goal. They were all around a well disciplined team.

24-7: What other sports do you play?
Jon: Soccer.

24-7: What are your best lifts in the bench, squat and power clean?
Jon: Bench 280, Squat 405, Clean 300.

24-7: Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Jon: I'd have to say Barry Sanders, overall he just came to play even if his team wasn't the greatest at time he brought his A game, and even though he left the NFL at such an early age he is still one of the most respected players in my eyes who wasn't corrupted by the money.

24-7 would like to thank Jon for his time and also thank him for his support of our website.

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