The Nevada Union defense got shredded last season, but Nevada Union middle linebacker Josh Belendez has vowed to produce a better product in 2014.
The 5-foot, 9-inch, 220-pound backer, who in true Nevada Union fashion is known for his hard hits and unbridled passion, will lead a Miners defense focused on redemption and winning.
After a junior season, in which Belendez tallied a team-high 81 tackles, 50 solo, and had 16 tackles for a loss, he feels he, along with the rest of the Miners defense, that this year will be far different.
The Union: What is the key to a linebackers success?
Belendez: The key to a linebackers success is definitely being a leader from the beginning. You have to be a rock for the team on the field and even off campus. You have to be able to lift everybody up.
The Union: What is your favorite thing about football?
Belendez: The fact that I get to hit people, and that I get an amazing group of guys that I consider my family. The family aspect and environment is really special to me.
The Union: If you could have lunch with one person in history who would it be?
Belendez: Definitely would have to be Dick Butkus, because that guy was an animal. I’ve seen highlights of that guy and I would love to get to that level, so I would ask him how he did it.
The Union: What do you do in your down time?
Belendez: I’m kind of weird. I like to do outdoor stuff, and when I’m not outdoors I like card tricks and practicing magic and that kind of stuff.
The Union: What does it mean to you to be a Miner?
Belendez: Growing up, I’ve watched all these great players go through the program, and to me being a Miner is being a winner on and off the field. I consider it an honor to be a Miner.
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