Saddleback DE waiting for opportunity

Saddleback DE Kevin Lindeman (6-3, 255) had a solid 2010 campaign and shows the ability to play both the run and pass equally well. He has all the looks of a D-1 football player, but because of clock issues he's going to have to play at a lower-level and he recently spoke with about things...

"I had some family issues so I went to school for a couple years part time and didn't play," Lindeman told "I played at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo (Ca.) and I didn't get a lot of attention, so I decided to come here to Saddleback because I lived pretty close and I had a lot of friends here and they have a great football program too."

As a freshman last year, Lindeman played both the weakside and strongside defensive end spots and totaled nearly 30 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and four sacks.

"I played on either side," Lindeman said. "In our defense you have to be able to do both because we really don't switch sides based on the offensive alignment.

"I feel like I can stop the run and rush the quarterback well, but I feel like I'm probably a better run-stopper right now," Lindeman said. "I use my hands well and I'm strong and fast for a guy my size, so that helps me pursue things that go away from me and I also get a jump on the blockers too.

"I've been working on my speed a lot this summer in speed drills and stuff, so I'm hoping to be even better at rushing the quarterback."

Since his clock will dictate a need to sign with a D-2 school, Lindeman knows he'll need to wait a while before he will receive much in the way of interest.

"I just hope someone gives me a chance to play ball at the next level because I really feel like I can help someone," Lindeman said. "I'll just work hard and get better every day and then when they see me this fall they can see what I can do."

Lindeman will be able to sign with a school in December with two years to play two at a D-2 school.

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