Cedar Springs linebacker eyes college future

It's been a disappointing start in the first five weeks of the season for one of the top linebackers in the Grand Rapids area. But Adam Emery is bidding to help his Cedar Springs team finish the season strong while getting ready for what could be a promising college career.

Emery was coming into a season where, from last year, he had 107 solo tackles and 45 assists, in only his first year of varsity football. This year, Emery's team was placed into a new O-K White Conference which included larger-sized schools like defending state champions East Grand Rapids and Lowell. A lopsided loss to East GR early in the season gave Emery indication it could be a tough year for his team, although he is still hopeful.

Against East Grand Rapids, "we didn't play as well as we should have," Emery said. "But we should fare pretty good against the rest of the schedule."

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound linebacker couldn't have been more pleased with his junior season.

"I was pretty happy with it," Emery said. "I've improved quite a bit. I've gotten bigger and faster."

Emery also plays running back but said linebacker is his best position.

"On defense, my role is to get a lot of tackles and help everyone else know where they're supposed to be on the field," he said.

Emery, considered by his coaches as an intense competitor, has played linebacker since the seventh grade. He's getting ready to embark on a collegiate career but probably won't get down to consider where he might be going until after the season. He said the Mid-American Conference or Division II teams are possibilities.

But right now, Emery's top concern is leading Cedar Springs to a winning record.

"Right now, we need to get the team playing together," he said.

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