Name: Tyler Duzansky
School: St. Francis, junior
Why he was selected: Duzansky recovered two fumbles, one in the end zone, for the Spartans in a 21-12 win over Genoa-Kingston in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs. Chronicle sports reporter Jacob Bartelson caught up with Duzansky to discuss his season and more. Below is an edited transcript.
Bartelson: How would you describe the way your defense has played all season long?
Duzansky: Our defense was streaky at the beginning of the season, but recently has been playing well. We work hard at playing disciplined football along with everyone knowing and executing their assignment.
Bartelson: You’ve had a really nice season yourself. What has helped contribute to that?
Duzansky: The main thing is having the support and help from our amazing coaching staff and players during the season. Putting work in on and off the field is also a big thing that has led to help me succeed.
Bartelson: Your team is now farther than it was last year. Heading into this week, how rewarding does that feel since I know that was a goal?
Duzansky: This is a great job by our seniors to change the culture at St. Francis. Them, along with the coaching staff, has put our team in a great position to keep pushing forward.
Bartelson: Do you have aspirations to play football in college?
Duzansky: I do have aspirations to play football at the next level. I am going to continue to work hard and compete the best I can to achieve this goal.
Bartelson: What is your favorite NFL or college team and why?
Duzansky: My favorite college football team is the University of Michigan. I grew up watching Michigan with my dad and finally being able to go to a game last year was a great experience. The stadium’s atmosphere provides a one-of-a-kind experience.