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Warhawks’ defensive ‘fource’

In football, the main focus is more often than not aimed toward the offense.

But UW-Whitewater’s defense line, made up of junior linebackers Kyle Wismer, Ryan Cortez, Cole Klotz and senior Josh Williams, shouldn’t be overlooked.

The four led the Warhawk defense to an undefeated season in 2011, and this year they said they hope to anchor the defense once again.

“It’s nice to see my hard work is paying off along with the rest of the linebackers,” Wismer said. “Hopefully we can be successful this season for our team.”

Wismer played in 14 games last season and led the team in total tackles with 75 (52 solo, 23 assisted) and also grabbed an interception.

Cortez played in 15 games and had a total of 68 tackles with three interceptions. Klotz played in 11 games and had 50 tackles.

“After having to step up last year as a sophomore it’s exciting to be able to come back this season with a larger role in the 2012 Warhawk defense,” Klotz said.

Wismer started every game except one last year due to injury.

“Each week I showed improvement and became more experienced after each game, learning new things to help me for the next,” Wismer said.

The road to playing time was a little different for Klotz, as he filled in for All-American linebacker Greg Arnold.

“When Greg Arnold got hurt I had to step up and fulfill my role,” Klotz said.  “I credit my success to a great coaching staff and being able to watch an All-American linebacker like Greg.”

Although it could be said these four linebackers had a lot to do with the team’s success last season, they said they don’t want the full credit as it would take away from the entire squad.

“The success of last year’s team was due to a mix of both great coaching and a good group of players who fulfilled their roles on the team whatever that might be,” Klotz said.  “The way we prepare ismeticulous.  Every player, whether a starter or a backup, prepares as if he is going to play every down.”

These players may not have known each other before joining the Warhawk football team, but playing side by side has led to friendships off the field.

“Off the field we are good friends, doing everything from hanging out to watching film,” Klotz said.  “By having good relationships off the field it allows us to trust one another to do our jobs out on the field.”

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Warhawks’ defensive ‘fource’