PLATTSMOUTH – Sam West used his mental and physical talents to become one of Plattsmouth’s top football players this past season.
He will carry those skills with him to the collegiate level next fall.
West joined Northwestern College’s football program Thursday morning during a signing ceremony in the high school gym. West said he was excited about the prospect of becoming a Red Raider. Northwestern finished the 2018 season ranked 12th in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics football poll.
“When I got up there I knew it was the right place to be,” West said. “They had one of the better campuses that I had seen during my visits to different schools, and the football program is one of the best ones in NAIA. I’ve been thinking about playing college football for as long as I can remember, so this seemed like a great opportunity to go to a good school and play football.”
West filled a middle linebacker role for PHS this past season and collected 17 solo and 48 assisted tackles. He made three stops behind the line of scrimmage and averaged 7.2 tackles per game. He also caused one fumble and knocked down one pass.
Plattsmouth head football coach Bob Dzuris said he believes West will have a good opportunity to succeed at the next level.
“Sam’s an old-school middle linebacker,” Dzuris said. “He has a good sense of the game and he’s a really powerful tackler. When he makes contact, the other player knows he’s made contact. He’s really good at wrapping up and making sure the other player doesn’t get away from him.”
Dzuris said West helped the Blue Devils with his knowledge of the game and his overall composure. He said those two things allowed him to become one of the team’s leaders on defense.
“He played the field much better this past season,” Dzuris said. “He showed a really good understanding of what the offenses were doing and what kind of coverage he needed to be in. He was also a really calm influence out there. He didn’t get too high or too low after each play. He provided that steady kind of leadership that every defense needs. It was really fun to see.”
West will major in either business or education at Northwestern and will obtain a minor in coaching. He has earned academic honors at PHS and has played with both the high school and American Legion baseball programs.