CAROL STREAM – An important cog in the Glenbard North defense a year ago, Luke Greenberg returns as the unquestioned leader of that unit this fall. The senior is part of a strong linebacker group that includes Phil Partipilo, Brad Metoyer and Jemeke Davis. Greenberg spoke with Suburban Life sports reporter Scott Schmid about the Panthers' offense, the prospects on defense and his college recruitment process.
Schmid: What are some overall thoughts about this year's team?
Greenberg: We have a lot of starters coming back and we have a lot of people who busted their butts in the offseason. I think we will have a good season.
Schmid: What have you seen from the offense so far?
Greenberg: Gaz (quarterback Brett Gasiorowski) has gotten a lot better than last year. He is really fast and can run with the ball. And Devion (Hodges) and Vittorio (Tricase) are really quick and athletic. They will do a good job for us at running back.
Schmid: What do you expect out of the defense this fall?
Greenberg: We will have the same exact style as last year. We are a little young in the secondary, but we are working with them and they will be fine. The linebackers look good and the defensive line looks really good. They are big and mean and aggressive.
Schmid: Have you always been a linebacker?
Greenberg: I always played linebacker and offensive line. But then I stopped playing in sixth, seventh and eighth grade. I didn't want to play my freshman year but I ended up going out and I loved it.
Schmid: How has the recruiting process gone so far?
Greenberg: I'm in the middle of it. I've gotten looks but no offers. Hopefully after the season, I can get a lot more.
WEEK 1 MATCHUP
Who: Glenbard North at Centerville
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: 500 E Franklin Street, Dayton, Ohio
2013 records: Glenbard North 9-2; Centerville 9-2
Outlook: The Panthers are traveling out of state for the first time during coach Ryan Wilkens' tenure. Centerville, which counts AJ Hawk (Green Bay Packers) and Kirk Herbstreit (Ohio State) among alumni, has a new coaching staff after a successful 2013 season.