The Returners: Derrek Tuszka

What does Derrek Tuszka recall from this run to Frisco, Texas? Find out and discover how the junior will take on a leadership role in 2019.

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#91 Derrek Tuszka

Defensive End
240 pounds
Hometown Warner, S.D.
Major Crop and Weed Sciences


48 total tackle
12 tackles for loss
7.5 sacks


You were playing your best football down the stretch this season. How do you take that into the offseason and build upon it?

We’ll be getting with Coach Kramer and starting our workouts, and we’ll start to run in a few weeks. Carrying that stuff into the offseason, I’ll just have to do individual drills to stay sharp and keep it going that way. We’ll come out August 1 and hit the ground running and hopefully continue to keep picking up my game and making it better.

The team loses 24 great seniors. How do you take on a leadership role in what will be your senior season in 2019?

It’s very important. We got a lot of young guys that will be playing, and hopefully, they’ll have some big roles themselves. We graduate 24 seniors, so my leadership will have to step up a whole level just to help replace some of those good leaders that we lost.

You have been to Frisco previously, but what were some things that stuck out to you about this year’s trip?

Just hanging out with all the guys. Knowing that it was going to be our last ride, our last game together. So everything to being at the hotel to preparing for the game and warming up and hanging out in the locker room one last time. I kind of cherished that, but it was a blast and I’m glad we got to share it one last time as a team in Frisco.

The Returners: Derrek Tuszka
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