Five good questions with Nevada Union LB Josh Belendez |

Five good questions with Nevada Union LB Josh Belendez

Entering his senior year at Nevada Union Josh Belendez will play middle linebacker for the Miners. Belendez and the Miners kickoff the season Aug. 29 when they travel to face Placer.
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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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