The Freshman Fifteen – Jack Sanborn

The Freshman Fifteen – Jack Sanborn

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The Freshman Fifteen – Jack Sanborn

MADISON, Wis. – Even with considerable depth at inside linebacker, Jack Sanborn came to the University of Wisconsin to compete and contribute, not sit on the bench. Through six weeks of the college football season, he’s accomplished his goal.

After sitting out the first two games of the season, Sanborn – a four-star recruit out of Lake Zurich, Ill. – has stepped into a large role on the defense due to the injuries of others. He’s registered two tackles on the season and feels he’s trending upward heading into this weekend’s matchup against Illinois.

Back for a ninth season, we seek out the incoming freshmen to find out answers to on-the-field and off-the-field questions to get to know these Badgers better. Asking them 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.

What’s been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?

Sanborn: The schedule. You really got to be on top of your sleep and just staying healthy. As a freshman with all your classes, you don’t get much of a break or free time. You really got to be on top of everything.

What have been the hardest parts adjusting to college football?

Sanborn: It’s a lot different than playing high school football. There’s so much you’ve got to learn on a day-to-day basis, especially as a freshman. I learn new stuff every single game, a lot of it mental stuff, knowing your assignment each and every play. You’ve got to have that desire of wanting to get better.

How did you prepare your body for fall camp knowing you’d be going against older, more talented players?

Sanborn: I trained at a place back where I lived in the suburbs of Chicago called EFT. There were a bunch of guys there who played in college or the NFL, so they really helped me get my body in shape.

What do you think your strengths are and what are some big areas you are trying to improve on?

Sanborn: I would say a strength is I come out each day wanting to get better and knowing I have to get better. There are a lot of areas where I can improve. I understand that. You can always improve on everything, especially as a freshman. I’m learning a ton and can get better at so many things.

What’s the big difference living in Madison and Lake Zurich, Ill.?

Sanborn: It’s a city and you have that city life. I’ve been to Chicago a bunch since I lived near there. Obviously, Chicago is a little bit bigger but (Madison) just has that city life.

Do you have any idea what you want to study in college?

Sanborn: I’m undecided right now. I’m just doing all that general education stuff and just living in the moment.

What’s your favorite place on the Madison campus?

Sanborn: I’d say the Memorial Union, getting a chance to go out to the lake.

What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?

Sanborn: I like watching different TV shows. Entourage is a good one. I’m into The Simpsons right now. I don’t know why, but I’m really digging that. It’s one of my father’s favorite shows.

Who are you living with this fall and how is that going?

Sanborn: John Chenal. It’s going well, but he keeps me up late at night sometimes.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about one of your freshman teammates?

Sanborn: The most interesting thing about John is he’s missing a finger. He told me the story behind it but you’re going to have to ask him about it (laughing).

Where does your biggest support come from?

Sanborn: My family. For sure my mom, my brothers, my cousins. They’ll all text me here and there, so I’d definitely say them. And my friends, they are very supportive.

When you look at your recruiting process and the options you had, what made this place the most tantalizing for you?

Sanborn: I’d say this place from the football standpoint is one of the best in the country. Academically it’s up there with anyone in the country, and a degree from here means a lot. The proximity to home then came into it at the end. It wasn’t a huge point early on, but when I thought Madison was a good choice for me, the proximity to home is what set it over the bar because my mom or anyone can come up.

Was there anything crazy or weird about your recruiting process?

Sanborn: My mom and I would always get asked where I was going and it would kind of annoy me. My mom would always say she had no idea. That was also my answer every single time.

What’s your parents’ reaction when you told them you wanted to pursue college football and you started your journey at this school?

Sanborn: My mom was really happy but she was going to be happy wherever I went. When I got my first offer and had the opportunity to go play college football, we were all very excited.

What has been the best part of this experience so far, getting the chance to put on the Wisconsin jersey and be a part of this program?

Sanborn: I just think it’s that everyone is very accepting of you and like to include you in everything. I’m starting to get a good relationship with the linebackers and can ask them any question. That’s been really eye-opening to me.

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