Zach Miller

Nate Jennings (74) has been stepping up his athletic game during his junior season.

Owen Shedlock, Sports Editor

Junior Nate Jennings is a letterman on both the the football team and the wrestling team who plays on the offensive and defensive line and wrestles heavyweight at 285.

Nate is a strong and skilled offensive lineman. He got a lot of playing time during his sophomore season and he started this past year as a junior. The Blue Devils should have no trouble running behind Nate next season.

Nate will also be a big part of the wrestling team this year. As a freshman he only wrestled one match on the varsity level and won. Last year as a sophomore he went 8-14.

The BluePrint has named Nate this week’s Athlete of the Week.

There has been a lot of uncertainty regarding sports over the past several months, but it seems like the winter sports season will indeed happen. There are some guidelines set that are going to take some getting used to, but Nate is determined to not let these guidelines hinder him.

“Wearing a mask while running has been tough, but our opponents are in the same boat as us. It comes down to a battle of who gets tired first,” Nate said. “Practice has been very difficult. Wearing masks can really cut off oxygen intake, but our coaches have done a good job maintaining mask regulations to prepare us for the upcoming matches where we can to wear masks while wrestling.”

Nate has continued to go to the gym as often as possible to help prepare for the wrestling season. He has been working on his strength and cardio. Nate’s goals are to come out of the season with a winning record and to have multiple people make it to states and regionals.

Nate has also been preparing for next football season over these winter months. Nate will be a starter again next season and will be a key piece to the Blue Devil offensive line.

“Being a senior next year for football feels like a huge responsibility,” Jennings said. “Its important to step up as a leader whether your team moral is up or down, and I hope to have a great season.”

Good luck to Nate and the rest of the winter sports athletes this season.