Versatility Is The Key To Syverson's Game

After playing out of position as a freshman this past fall, College of the Siskiyous DL Jason Syverson (6-2, 270) decided to bulk up this offseason and he's been successfull in the venture, gaining nearly 30 pounds of muscle while keeping his quickness and agility. With a great summer behind him, the versatile lineman hopes a good start to his sophomore season results in some offers...

Syverson prepped at Capital High School in Olympia, Washington and didn't really get much in the way of attention on the recruiting front, so he decided to take a year off and work.

"I had a really good junior season, but then I just didn't have that good of a senior year, because I broke my ankle, and that sorta led to me not getting offers," Syverson told "I decided, once I graduated, to take a year off and I just worked, but I missed football and I decided I wanted to come down and play here at COS because they told me they had a spot for me when I was a senior, so I took them up on their offer of a spot and I am happy that I did because I really missed playing."

As a freshman last fall, Syverson played out of position, holding down the defensive tackle spot and totaled 44 tackles, two sacks and 7.5 tackles-for-loss.

"I was really undersized for where I played," Syverson said. "I was just 240 pounds and they had me playing the two-tech (under tackle), so I got to work this year and I wanted to gain some size and muscle and I've added nearly 30 pounds and I feel really good.

"This year I'll play more of the three-tech spot and, when we go to an odd front, I'll play some of the five technique so I'm excited to see what happens and I think we're going to have a great season as a team and individually it should be great too."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Syverson has yet to haul in any offers and so far he's had only tepid interest from smaller programs.

"I've had a lot of NAIA schools talking to me and a couple of D-2s have been in contact with me," Syverson said. "It's cool, but I am hoping some bigger schools start to notice me and see what I can do and how I can help them and that they are impressed with my tape.

"I think they will see a versatile player who can play almost anywhere and I have good motor, so I never quit and that's something you can't teach."

Syverson is a good student and he will finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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