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Athlete Of The Week: Lincoln Tailback Ty Seibel

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SHINNSTON -

What does hard work look like? Does it show up on Friday nights? Or does it even follow you to the practice field each day?

The truth is hard work is something that's earned in the off-season. Something that Ty Seibel has had no choice but to focus on each day throughout the summer.

"Coming in to the off-season, I think we had a little bit of a chip on our shoulder. I think it was the next week after our last game last year. The coaches got everyone together and said 'lets bring it together.' We jumped in the weight room the week afterwards. During the whole off-season, we were in the weight room. Once it got a little bit nicer outside, we worked on some agility stuff. I think the saying around the team was that everybody was talking like 'we want to be better this year.' Everybody was like that," Seibel said.

Ty Seibel and Dillon O'Dell are the top two returning receivers in Class AA football this year. But Seibel hasn't experienced his typical work load through the air. His new job entitles him to hit the ground running.

"It took a lot of work, going over the plays and the blocking plays. One of the big things ... Running the ball isn't even the hardest part. It's learning the different protections and learning the different check downs and stuff," Seibel replied.

"With Ty moving to the backfield, some of those opportunities that we had last year with him in the slot, just kind of switched," Lincoln Head Football Coach Robert Herrod said. "The roles reversed a little bit. He's still getting the football, he's just not getting the ball out in space. He's getting it behind the line of scrimmage."

Seibel has run for more than 100 yards in two games this season. The change on offense may be just what the Cougars need to avoid another 2-9 season like last year.

"I feel like things have been more balanced now. I know two years ago when we went 9-2, we had a very good balance in Tyler Bitan being in the backfield and being a very good runner. I'm just trying to live up to his shoes. Being able to run the ball when we need to and once they begin to start cheating the run we can beat them with the pass," Seibel said.

"He's the leader of the program as far as players go. He's just a great all-around kid. He has some special talents that not many kids that we've had come through the program have," Herrod replied.