Being a former Big Foot Chief alum, it’s always cool to follow other former players after their high school careers. One former Chief, Will Utesch, just wrapped up his Senior season at St. Norberts College as a Green Knight defensive lineman. Will had an amazing high school career, and topped it off with an even better collegiate career. At Big Foot, Will was a First-Team All-Conference player on both sides of the ball. He was also named to the WFCA All-State Team on the defensive line and played in WFCA All-Star Game. Will was a team captain in football and wrestling. During his tenure in football, he was a part of a state runner-up appearance and won three conference titles.
As a Green Knight, Will was a three time varsity letter winner. In 2015, Will finished the season with four tackles and one-half tackle-for-loss. Had one tackle with one-half tackle-for-loss in a 25-16 win over Macalester. Also had single tackles in 31-3 win over Cornell, in 48-14 win over Ripon and in 48-0 loss to UW-Whitewater in NCAA Division III Playoffs. In 2017, Will finished with 21 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was a First-Team All-Midwest Conference selection. In his Senior season, Will played in 11 games for the Green Knights. Will compiled 23 total tackles, 15 unassisted, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Will was a First Team All-Midwest Conference Selection for the second straight season on the defensive line.
Will just completed college while majoring in business administration. He enjoys pallet tossing, chopping wood and blacksmithing. I reached out to Will and asked if he wanted to be a part of a Big Rod, (who is his former coach at Big Foot high School) Bear, and The Basement Boys Chalk Talk/Player Profile. Will was all for it. Check out his interview below!
BOP: Why did you pick St. Norbert?
WILL: I picked St. Norbert because of the family feel I got from my official visit from both the coaches and the current players at that time. I also saw the potential the team had to take the next step in becoming one of the elite D3 teams in the nation.
BOP: Who has had the greatest impact on your football career?
WILL: There have been many great people who have influenced my career, but I would say the most would be my late defensive line coach Mitch Chester. He really helped me develop my game from good techniques, to a level of play that was higher I could ever imagine.
BOP: What’s the biggest challenge you faced adjusting between the high school game and college?
WILL: Definitely the speed and size the first couple days of camp freshman year. You think you are prepared, especially after having a solid high school career, but the level of play is so much faster and the players are that much bigger and stronger.
BOP: What is there to do for fun on the campus of St. Norbert?
WILL: Pretty much what you would expect for a northern Wisconsin college. When we aren’t playing football we are throwing back beers and just looking for fun things to do while we do it. A lot of grilling out while we are at it.
BOP: If you could pick one offensive lineman in the NFL to go against, who would it be and why?
WILL: Jason Kelce. Not only is the guy an absolute beast, but he seems like he would be a blast to be around and I think I would get along with him great.
BOP: What’s next now that football is over?
WILL: I don’t really have any plans. I think I want to stay within football, whether that is coaching or scouting, as long as it keeps me in the game.
BOP: Your player profile online says one of your hobbies is pallet tossing. Can you explain this?
WILL: Pallet tossing, oh man. Just one of those things that kind of happens when you get some lead running through your veins on a Saturday afternoon in January. Why not blow off some steam by throwing heavy shit around?
BOP: What was your favorite beverage in college?
WILL: Nothing better then an ice cold bottle of Coors Light. Make sure the mountains are blue.
By far, one of my favorite player interviews that I’ve done here on the Big Rod, Bear, and The Basement Boys blog. Maybe, it’s because I personally know Will and expected nothing less than him enjoying throwing back beers and pallet tossing.
Needless to say, Will would fit in just fine down in the Man Cave. Might have to schedule a Pallet Tossing Tournament with him and The Boys.