August 20, 2011

Berg Looks Toward Future

The Cowboy football program introduced 19 scholarship true-freshmen to fall camp last week, including Zach Berg of Edmond, Washington, a 6-foot-2 and 210 pound player who signed in February. Berg arrived in Laramie this summer and likely will be redshirted because of a deep linebacking corp, while leaving the small chance open he could hit the field.

"It all depends on the coaches decision. I'm here to play and if they can use me on the field, I'll definitely play. If not, the coaches say no, then I'll just get bigger, stronger, and faster for the year," said Berg. "My goal is to become a starting linebacker, as my career goes on here in a few years."

Berg received recruiting interest from Montana, Air Force, Portland State, and Wyoming. He was recruited by offensive line coach Pete Kaligis.

"I really wasn't highly recruited," said Berg. "The coaches here think I can develop into a good fit in the system as I move forward in the program and contribute to a solid linebacking group."

The Edmonds Woodway product was named First Team All-WESCO league as a linebacker and running back in his senior year. He was also the only two-time winner of the U.S. Army/Seattle Seahawks High School Player of the Week honor for the 2010 season.

He had 50 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries as a senior, returning one fumble recovery 49 yards for a touchdown.

"Most definitely coming from high school to out here, it's a lot different since we had pads on today," said Berg. "It's a lot faster, bigger guys coming at you. Definitely get in the weight room and get working out, and conditioning and getting faster. Then reach my peak ability throughout the next couple of years."

Berg said his decision to play at Wyoming has only been enhanced by his experiece since he arrived this summer in Laramie for offseason workouts and looks forward to continuing his college career on the high plains.

"Yea I like it here because I chose to come here. It's a great place and awesome here," said Berg. "Everybody is a tight knit community and everybody gets along on the football team."

Berg was one of three freshmen linebackers to sign in the 2011 class, along with Mark Nzeocha and Alex Borgs.

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