GLEN ELLYN – Kyle Kramer takes over as the starting quarterback for Glenbard West this fall, and he has already had an impressive tenure. The senior helped his team capture the Red Grange 7-on-7 championship this summer as the Hilltoppers stood atop the 32-team field. He spoke with Suburban Life sports reporter Scott Schmid about his summer, how the offense is progressing and the NFL quarterbacks he looks up to.
Schmid: Would you call it a successful summer?
Kramer: I think we started off fast. Obviously getting a lot of press with the Red Grange, that is always good. That showed we can throw the ball this year; everyone knows us as a running offense but also having that part of the offense brings confidence to the team.
Schmid: What are your overall thoughts about this group?
Kramer: Coach has been saying, there is no lack of talent, that we are as talented this year as any other team. One question he brings up is leadership. I'm ready to step up and take on one of those roles both by example and vocally.
Schmid: What do you see with your offense?
Kramer: There is no one person you can focus on. We have a lot of depth at running back, there are a lot of running backs you can name. And Aidan Gould at wide receiver made a lot of plays at the Red Grange.
Schmid: What have you seen from your defense so far?
Kramer: They are really fast. I've been really impressed with how they have been swarming to the ball.
Schmid: Have you always been a quarterback?
Kramer: I actually started in eighth grade. Jack Beneventi (now a senior at Fenwick) was on my Eagles team. When he went to a higher weight class, I then started in eighth grade. Before that, I played tight end, running back and wide receiver.
Schmid: Are there any NFL quarterbacks that you enjoy watching?
Kramer: Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. They are efficient, they manage the game well and they all have great mechanics.
WEEK ONE MATCHUP
Who: Wheaton Warrenville South at Glenbard West
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: 670 Crescent, Glen Ellyn
2013 records: WWS 8-3; Glenbard West 11-2
Outlook: This is the fourth straight season in which these two teams open against each other, with Glenbard West winning two of the previous three meetings. Wheaton Warrenville South did come from behind to prevail 17-14 last fall.