Jacob Appleman, UNI Football Junior Defensive lineman builds playground

Jacob Appleman, UNI Football Junior Defensive lineman builds playground


we’ve got a story coming up on Jacob
Appleman member of the UNI offensive line coach what have you seen from them
really kind of starting to come into their own the last few weeks especially
well they were really good the past two weeks and up until last weekend it
really wasn’t that bad last weekend I mean we broke down some places in
protection but in the run game I thought they actually were doing a good job
Jacob the key to Jacob is his versatility he’s played left guard rate
guard center I mean he kind of he’s the person gets moved when somebody gets
hurt and he’s got to be able to play all the positions so it shows a intelligence
that he has all right versatile on the field and does some good things off the
field as well Eric Braley now with the story
this season the Panther offensive line has been forced to deal with adversity
as several starters have been out of the lineup due to injury but Jacob Appleman
has stepped into different positions on the o-line to help this team succeed do
you play tackle you buy center you play guard not people probably don’t realize
that’s hard to do that’s really hard to do so you like guys like that because if
you do have some situation come up on the line you can always plug one guy in
and keep four guys at the same position they’re very knowledgeable the game he
knows with doing every play he’s a great team player they’re really fun to be
around last year Jacob led his teammates in a
community project as the football program raised money and built a
playground at Highland Park in Waterloo so the whole team got involved in it was
an amazing process I mean they set aside eight hours for the build and it took us
like three and a half hours to actually build it like we just went in there and
we got it done Jacob and his teammates raised five thousand dollars in
donations and provided ten thousand dollars of in-kind labor to make this
playground a reality it was an important project for many reasons it was just
nice because last see there was some that we started before last season and
now having a five and six season and the playground was kind of like the last
thing just to finish that year off we had to finish something that year
because that was the story of our last season like we lost by four points and
like five different games we just didn’t finish game so just to finish something
from last season finish strong it was kind of rewarding in that aspect but
also helping the community and giving kids a nice place to play was also
rewarding life hasn’t always been easy for this student-athlete Jacob has had
to deal with the loss of several close family members including his mother who
passed away when he was a freshman in high school
Jacob is always looking for ways to help others that’s why he plans to enter the
medical field after graduation I’ve had a bunch of family deaths and the like my
family has been in the house five in and out of the hospital so I’ve just been
the hospital sphere and the medical field is always sparked an interest in
me and just being able to help people and sit there every day and make a
difference in someone’s life and helping them get healthier it’s it’ll be really
rewarding I mean there’s no greater reward than that Jacob and the Panthers
are home this Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game against South Dakota another
top-ten opponent when we come back we preview the matchup with coach Farley
and look at the youngest team and coach Warren’s tenure as basketball season
starts Sunday with exhibition games for both the men and women

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