PORT EDWARDS — Last year Ethan Saylor was the No. 2 receiver in a powerful Port Edwards offense.
The Blackhawks graduated several key skill players, so Saylor has been called on to step up in a big way, switching from receiver to tailback, only after he did some time at fullback first.
The move has been smooth for Saylor who has racked up 963 yards rushing and scored 12 times, making him the top rusher in the Central Wisconsin Conference-10.
“Ethan has handled his new role on the offense well,” Port Edwards coach Justin Crandall said. “He’s talented enough that we can move him around in several positions and formations to keep opposing teams guessing.”
Saylor was a first team all-conference linebacker last year and second team as a receiver and according to Crandall, the player who keeps things light in practice and games.
“He’s a personality,” Crandall said. “He brings a light-hearted atmosphere to the team. When things aren’t going our way, he’s usually the one to get us back on track and having fun again.”
You do a little bit of everything on offense. Is it tough to keep track of the playbook? Coming off playing wide receiver last year I know a lot of the of the formations. This year is different because I run the ball a lot more. I started the season at fullback and then switched to halfback. It’s a lot to remember, because I get the ball a lot no matter where I line up.
How’s your body holding up? I’m pretty bruised and just drained after a game. I have a lot of bruises on my arms from people trying to punch the ball out of when I’m carrying the ball. I have so many bruises on my arms that it looks like I’m abused, but I’m not.
What is something about football that people who never played just don’t get? There is a lot of thinking involved with football, it’s a mental as well as a physical game. You need to know offensive formations so you line up in the right spot and on defense you have to know your reads. Football isn’t just a bunch of big jocks running around on a field tackling each other.
Name something on your bucket list that you want to check off by the time you’re 40: Skydiving. I’ve always wanted to go skydiving. I think the adrenaline rush would be incredible.
What is your biggest fear? Drowning. I feel like I was close fishing in Lake Michigan when I was younger. When I jumped off the boat I slipped and went deeper into the water than I thought and I couldn’t tell which way was up. When I got to the surface, a wave hit me and I got a big mouthful of water. I was pretty freaked out.
Tell us something that people would be surprised to know about you: That I’m in Drama Club. I love being in front of people and trying to make them laugh. I’ve been in the club since freshman year and I love it.
What person from history would you like to meet and what would you talk about? Vince Lombardi. It would be cool to meet the man behind the trophy. I would ask him how he would run the Packers today.
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School: Port Edwards
Sports: Football, baseball
Family: Dad, Erik Saylor; mom, Kristi Saylor; step-mom, Katie Saylor; brothers, Tim Pillsbury, Emmett Saylor, Eryksen Saylor
Favorite subject: English
Favorite teacher: Mr. Crandall
Favorite color: Bright orange
Favorite food: Homemade pizza
Favorite TV show: “Breaking Bad”
Favorite movie: “Red Dawn” (1984)
Favorite athlete: J.J. Watt
Favorite team: Packers
Android or iPhone: iPhone
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat: Facebook
Breakfast, lunch or dinner: Dinner
Spring, summer, fall or winter: Winter