It's not often a student walks in off the street, asks for an opportunity to join the football team and turns out to be one of it's best players.
But in a nutshell, that describes what Ryan Weber did.
The sophomore safety is having an outstanding season for UW-La Crosse. Weber leads the WIAC in tackles and is 4th nationally in Division 3. He's already been named the WIAC defensive player of the week twice.
"The numbers may be a little misleading. If you have that many tackles it's not necessarily a good thing. It means your defense is out there a little too much. That's on us trying to get off the field on third down. But, when the play is there I need to take him down," Weber said
"He's another heady player. He has an understanding of where the football is going to be.He puts himself in good position. He's a play maker. He can change the game by himself," said UW-L head coach Joel Dettwiler.
Weber had a stellar career at Holmen, where he played quarterback mostly and a little running back. But injuries wore him out, so he decided not play his freshman year in college. But it didn't take long for him to get the itch to return to the game and the Eagles are sure happy he did.
"Being on the offensive side of the ball my entire high school career you get to know the in's and out's of where they want to run the ball and how they want to run it. Being back there at safety is kind of nice. Sometimes I out-think myself and get myself in bad situations. But for the most part I kind of know what the offense is going to do," said Weber.
Weber and his Eagles teammates take on UW-Eau Claire Saturday in a WIAC showdown that will be televised by WXOW 19 and on the web at wxow.com.
Pregame show at 11 a.m. with kickoff at 11:30 a.m.