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We are now a mere 41 days from kick-off against North Dakota State, and next up in our countdown is a preview of #41 Logan Haug. Haug, a defensive end from Seneca, KS, played high school at Baileyville B&B before coming to Manhattan.
While B&B may be unknown to the (relatively) metropolitan areas of Kansas City and Wichita, the school is a consistent powerhouse in Eight-Man football which we always attributed to ‘those big ol’ Germans’ growing up. Haug averagd 24.4 yards per game at a tight end for B&B his senior year, but converted to defensive end for the Wildcats. He has good size to play the TE position at 6’5″ and 236, but a conversion seems to be in his cards.
Haug has actually dropped weight, and was listed at 255 on last year’s roster. However, he played both sides of the ball in high school (who doesn’t at the eight-man level?), and was also a defensive end with 64 tackles, eight sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Because eight-man is a speed game, he was forced to cover a lot of ground and did so with a 4.7 40 – an impressive speed for a 6’5″ guy. His contributions to the team’s 2010 state championship earned him the division’s player of the year award.
Despite his talent, Haug is too small to expect much time at defensive end as things currently stand. It remains to be seen whether he’ll get another look on offense or possibly linebacker, but special teams looks to be the best opportunity to get him on the field at this moment. Haug is just a redshirt sophomore and has a lot of time ahead of him, so we’ll see how he evolves over the next three years.
To work backwards in our countdown, visit 42 days, where we preview the namely awesome Austin Butterfield.