Student-Athlete Spotlight: Working both sides of ball

Kole Lundquist skilled on both offense and defense

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Kole Lundquist is a senior on the Highlands Ranch football team who plays on both sides of the ball.

He is a running back who was the second leading rusher on the team and a linebacker who was leading the 5A South Metro League in tackles, one ahead of teammate Grant Stewartson, after eight games played.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Lundquist says he enjoys playing on offense and defense for the Falcons.

“It gets me gassed from time to time but I like it,” said Lundquist, who didn't reveal whether he likes playing offense or defense better.

“I'd say 50-50 because I can either tackle people or run over people,” he added. “I have improved this season. I would say just reading things faster. It is going real well right now.”

Key stats

Lundquist has rushed for 365 yards in eight games and four touchdowns, caught four passes for 88 yards and a TD. On defense, he has been credited with 77 total tackles and four for losses. He has one interception and one fumble recovery.

Coach's take:

`Kole has been an absolute stud for us all year. He is truly a throwback ironman. Never complains and goes out and gives his all every play. He is deserving of All Conference and All-Colorado acknowledgment and I wish we had 100 like him.'

T.J. Rubley,

Highlands Ranch head football coach

Q&A with Lundquist

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

He actually retired, but Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings. I wanted to become him one day but I wasn't big enough.

What would be a perfect performance in your sport?

To have at least one interception, two touchdowns and over 10 tackles.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

Math. The teacher is very nice and the students in the class are good.

What do you like to do away from sports and school?

I just sit around the house and talk to my family. I don't get to talk with them much.

What are your plans after high school?

I'm going to try and go to college but if that doesn't work then I will go to a trade school.

What is your favorite movie?

I don't have a favorite movie. I go from movie to movie usually.

What are your thoughts when a blitz is called?

I'm ready to go get the ball on a blitz. It depends on whether guys are crashing to me but I just usually go through the gap that I am supposed to. I kinda live on defense.

Other than lesser competition, what is behind the Falcons' four-game winning streak?

The team has finally become one and is playing together.

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