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5 questions with Weber State LB Nick Webb
Weber State senior linebacker Nick Webb has enjoyed a stellar collegiate career, piling up a host of All-Big Sky Conference honors along the way, and he continues to climb the school’s career charts for tackles and tackles for loss. A former East High School star, Webb was a member of head coach Ron McBride’s first recruiting class at WSU.
He recently talked with Deseret News sports writer Randy Hollis.
Q: What’s been your best experience or memory so far during your career at Weber State?
A: “I would say my experience with teamwork, working with my teammates and learning from my coaches. It’s been an understanding that I can use in my career. I felt like understanding teamwork from the perspective of having younger guys on the team, I can learn from the mistakes they make, but more importantly from the triumphs we have together. My degree is in business administration, so as a leader on the team I can see how managing athletes is comparable to managing people in my industry in which I’m working. I feel like it’s been a real big help to me in working toward my degree.”
Q: Have there been any big disappointments since you’ve been here?
A: “I’ve had a pretty good, positive experience here. There are the days when you go out to practice and Coach Mac says, ‘I love this weather!’ and it’s snowing and it’s raining, and you could say that could be a disappointment. But it’s not too difficult, too hard or too tough, and it’s always been an opportunity to learn and grow. My Dad played college football (a linebacker at Westminster College) so he kind of prepped me for it a little bit. On my mission, he’d asked me a question: ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ over and over and over again. And I continually told him, ‘Yeah, I’m pretty sure.’ When they moved me to linebacker here, he was pretty excited.”
Q: What are your goals from here on out this season?
A: “I need to make the plays that I need to make to help our team make it to the (FCS) playoffs. As a team, we have goals of a conference championship in the Big Sky and a national championship. Those are huge goals, and what I need to do is step up, play better and make the tackles that are necessary to motivate our team to reach those goals. … Our goal is to run the table from here on out.”
Q: How would you grade the team as far as how it has performed through its first five games?
A: “This team has a lot of potential. I don’t think we have exceeded our potential in any game, and we feel like there are games when we show on one side of the ball a lot better than we do on the other. When we show that complete game, you’ll see a team that’s winning 56-0 or 56-7 and that will be a defense showing that we can stop ‘em and our offense showing that they are legit.”
Q: What are your goals beyond college?
A: “I talk to scouts all the time from the NFL, and I’d love to play. In talking to scouts, they’ve given me pointers on what I need to work on and what I need to keep on doing, and it really does help. It’s a motivator to focus on, especially in the games, to ask yourself are you strong enough, are you fast enough, are you big enough? You tell them, ‘Well, you guys get to watch the film, so you decide.’ If that’s a job opportunity for me, I’d like to focus my efforts on that. My hope and I’ll work toward, especially for our Pro Day and the combine, competing against all those other guys in the league for a potential job. I feel like I’ve built a pretty good resume with special teams and especially at the linebacker position. If I make a practice squad, I’d be happy with that, too. Whatever they have open. But if that doesn’t work out, then I’d love to go to graduate school and get my MBA. My wife has applied to the U. of U. and a couple of other schools for her graduate degree in social work, so we’d be working on our degrees at the same time. Of course, in the NFL, I could make a lot more money than what I would be making in a business industry. But if that doesn’t work out, I’ll go to graduate school. I’m not going to put all my peas in a pod or all my fruit in a bushel, because if I don’t make it to the NFL, then I’ll be disappointed.”
By Brian Nicholson, Deseret News