Kale Hauserman, senior at Clay Center Community High School, is looking for a big-time senior year for the Tigers.
Hauserman, who features great size at 6-foot-4 and 280-pounds, is back after earning all-league on defense and offense last season as a left tackle and defensive tackle. Hauserman is one of the best returning lineman in 3A and the NCKL for the 2020 season.
Hauserman is looking to circulate his name around this season in the football recruiting world. He does hold a couple of NAIA offers but could gain more interest from Division II and FCS programs with a huge senior year. He’s also looking to get stronger in the weight room. He also holds a 3.4 GPA and his favorite subject is math.
Clay Center also returns 10 starters on offense and nine on defense for head coach Marc Henry. While the Tigers finished 3-6 last season, they have higher expectations this season from their hard work put in the off-season and experience returning. They will also look to all-state fullback Logan Mullin for a big-time year as well as Tillman Hartner, Keegan McDonald and Blake Fredrick.
Clay Center opens up the 2020 season at home against league opponent Abilene on September 4th. They are in a loaded district that also includes Riley County, Concordia, Chapman, Marysville and Council Grove.
We caught up with the senior all-state hopeful below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
Q&A w/ Hauserman
How did you get involved in football?
I first got involved with Football when I was six, my Dad took me to a Kansas State game for the first time and I loved it, from that point on I wanted to be a football player. When I turned 10 I went out my 4th grade year and I wanted to be quarterback, I wanted to be like Collin Klein. But instead of going to play QB like I wanted to I went straight to offensive line because of my size. In the end I actually was pretty glad I went to play as an O-linemen because you get to hit someone every play.
What are your goals this season?
My goal this season is to be All-State on both sides of the ball.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
Yes, we have almost our entire roster returning from last year and we also put in a lot a work in.
What makes you such a force as a player?
My explosiveness and my intensity is the thing that makes me such a dominant player.
What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?
The atmosphere in our town is like no other, during our games it’s kind of like one big family. That’s what I think makes our town so special, the whole community is involved and they want us to win as much as we do.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
Our support from our town is what makes it fun, they are with us through it all. Our field and our stadium was built in the 30s it is one of the last all natural fields in Kansas, I think it’s really cool to play on the same field my Great Grandpa and my father played on.
Who are other key players on your team?
I would have to say Logan Mullin, Tillman Hartner, Keegan McDonald and Blake Fredrick.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
Other sports I do are Powerlifting and Track. Track I through Discus and Shot put.
What is it like to play for your coach?
Our coach is a perfectionist, we either make a play right or wrong and when we make a play wrong he makes sure it doesn’t happen again. But overall he’s probably the best coach Clay Center has had in the past 20 years.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
We had weights just like any other school, but it’s the work no one sees that makes us great. We worked on speed, foot work, and strength, even with the covid we still found a way to get better as a team.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I’ve been getting a lot of interest from a lot of D2 schools and D1 schools, but it really determines where I go based on how I play this season. The schools I frequently talk to are Valparaiso and Emporia State.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
Favorite thing to do is to Ride ATVs and Motorcycles
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Either playing in the NFL or owning my own chiropractic Clinic.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
Favorite subject in school is Math and my GPA is a 3.4
Who is your role model?
JJ Watt is to me is a beast, he gives everything he has every play.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
El Puerto has to be the best restaurant in town.
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
When I was 10 years old, my brother Luke, was diagnosed with cancer-Leukemia. During his treatment he was able to meet his celebrity idol at the time, John Cena, the WWE wrestler/actor. During that meeting myself, Luke and the family were able to attend a WWE match and sit front row. We were introduced on network TV as WWE was doing a special segment on National Make -A-Wish Day for kids with life threatening illnesses. It was an incredible experience! Watching my brother go through something like that gave me the drive to not waste precious time, shoot for your dreams and goals and to Never Never Give Up! Because my brother Luke never did and is living today. This will be the first year he and I will be playing football together as he is now a freshman and I will be finishing up my high school career as a Senior.
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