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#21 Eric Oertel
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 208
Hometown: Racine, Wis.
High School: Lutheran
Experience: 4 Letters

 

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Eric Oertel
Eric Oertel
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Racine, Wis.

High School:
Lutheran

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 200

Position:
Linebacker

Experience:
3V



WSU CAREER
JUNIOR (2012):
Earned a varsity letter after appearing in all 12 games, making one start...recorded 35 tackles, 19 solo...made six tackles-for-loss including two sacks...started, made one tackle at BYU...made four tackles, all solo, in win over Eastern Washington...made a career-high seven tackles, two for loss in win at UNLV...made three tackles, all solo, including one for loss against No. 2 Oregon in Seattle...recorded a sack at No. 14 Oregon State...made four tackles including one for loss against California...made five tackles at Utah...tallied a sack against No. 17 UCLA...made four tackles at Arizona State...made two tackles in Apple Cup victory over Washington.

SOPHOMORE (2011): Earned a varsity letter after appearing in 10 games, mainly on special teams...named WSU's Co-Special Teams Most Valuable Player...recorded 13 tackles, nine solo and forced one fumble...recorded 10 carries for 10 yards...had two carries for five yards against Idaho State...rushed eight times against UNLV...recorded a tackle against Idaho State, UNLV, at San Diego State and at California...made two tackles and forced a fumble in the win over Arizona State...made three solo tackles against Utah...made a season-best four tackles and earned WSU Big Hit Award in the Apple Cup...named Cougars Special Teams Player of the Week twice (Utah, Washington).

FRESHMAN (2010): Earned a varsity letter after appearing in seven games...had two tackles on season...earned Cougar Scout Team Defensive Player the Week of Oklahoma State...had a tackle against Oregon...had tackle and recovered a fumble in win at Oregon State.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Four-year letterwinner for head coach Scott Smith...also lettered three times in track and field...two-year captain in both sports...FRESHMAN year garnered honorable mention All-Midwest Classic Conference honors at outside linebacker...helped lead Crusaders to an 11-1 record and the third round of the state playoffs...SOPHOMORE year named first-team all-conference and first-team All-Racine County at defensive back...all-county honorable mention at running back after rushing for 960 yards and 12 touchdowns...team went 9-2 and reached the second round of the state playoffs...JUNIOR year named first-team all-conference, first-team all-county and first-team all-district at running back...rushed for 2,056 yards and 25 touchdowns...first-team all-conference and first-team all-county at linebacker...team went 9-3 and made the third round of the state playoffs...SENIOR year named Wisconsin's Gatorade Player of the Year...unanimous selection as the conference's Player of the Year, on both offense and defense...named first-team Associated Press All-State...garnered Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Offensive Player of the Year...first-team all-conference, first-team all-county, first-team all-area and first-team all-district...on defense, recorded 120 tackles (85 solo), including seven tackles-for-loss and three interceptions...on offense, led the state in rushing, setting the Racine County single-season (2,731) and career (5,695) rushing marks...had 33 rushing touchdowns...three-star prospect according to Scout.com was rated No. 54 at his position nationally.

PERSONAL
Born in Milwaukee, Wisc...parents Dan Oertel and Carol Lui...undecided on academic area at WSU.