September 5, 2011
Spielman shines at 'The Shoe'
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From 1984-87 former Ohio State linebacker, Chris Spielman, was a dominant force at Ohio Stadium. On Sunday afternoon, his son, Noah Spielman, got a small taste of what his Dad was able to experience as his Upper Arlington squad defeated Springfield 34-19 at Ohio Stadium as part of the Herbstreit Football Series. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound class of 2014 defensive tackle played well in the same venue that his Dad called home during the mid 80's.
"It was a little bit nerve-racking but I was so excited, I got goose bumps," Spielman said. "It was just a fun time."
Perhaps Spielman's best play of the game came in the first half on a 4th and goal from just inside the three yard-line. Spielman beat his man, charged into the backfield, and dropped Springfield's running back behind the line of scrimmage to force a turnover on downs.
"The adrenaline was going and I just took off my helmet and I was just running to the sideline, it was awesome," he said.
Spielman wasn't the only sophomore to step up for UA. The Golden Bears got a pair of interception returns for touchdowns by fellow sophomores Jared Drake and Chris Frey.
"It's really fun," Spielman said of his classmates getting involved. "We've just been working hard in practice. We all started on scout team and we just kept working up and up and we came to a different level."
Though Spielman will try to make his own name, his Dad has been a great source of advice and motivation and more than anything has tried to pass on to his son the intangibles that made him such a great player.
"He tries to teach me mental toughness," he said. "That's what I'm trying to work on, just not getting tired and keep pushing and giving the best effort that I can."
Spielman is also the back-up center for Upper Arlington, but it shouldn't surprise people which side of the ball he prefers to play on.
"Defense for sure," he said.
Moving forward, Spielman hopes to continue to improve as a player and is excited about what this UA team is capable of the rest of the way out.
"I just want to continue to stay in my starting spot on defense and keep getting better," he said. "(As a team) we're capable of a lot. I think we have a good shot of going to the playoffs and going deep into the playoffs. It should be exciting."
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