Name: Caleb Wachal
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
Coming into the season we had a young team and a new coaching staff, so my goal was to be a leader. I came to Beloit looking to rebuild a program. As a senior and a captain I wanted to make sure that I got the current players and our new coaches connected and to serve as mentor for the younger guys on the team. From a personal standpoint I was hoping to achieve 200 career tackles and make all-conference.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
They would say I’m a smart player who is a team first guy. Someone who always did their job to best of their ability and helped his teammates. A hard worker who gives everything he has, be it in the game, at practice, or in the weight room. A fierce competitor that hates to lose and puts the team above himself. Most of all the coaches would say I am a coachable player.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
Our coaching staff has done a great job preparing film for us. As the free safety this season it was my job to get our backend on the same page. I look to see tendencies from opposing receivers and quarterbacks. I especially make sure I know what to expect from teams on third and fourth down. As far as watching myself I always start with my footwork, as our defense coordinator Kyle Langhoff always says “It doesn’t matter what you can do if you can’t get there in the first place.” From there I make sure my eyes are in the right spot, that I have proper form when tackling, and seeing what I could have adjusted to make a better play.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I’m a hard worker with a chip on his shoulder and someone who has had to work for everything. I am a smart player who uses his IQ for the game to make up for my small frame. I’ve overcome adversity playing for 2 head coaches and 3 defensive coordinators during my 4 years. I’ve managed to learn, start and help lead 3 different defenses. I’ve also been fortunate enough to be a 4 year starter, which allowed me to gain valuable in-game experience that can’t be replicated on a practice field.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I am going to balance training with playing for our schools lacrosse team. It’s a very unique opportunity to play two collegiate sports and I am very thankful for the lacrosse coach and players for welcoming me to the team. Our strength and conditioning coach here at Beloit is incredible and I saw my biggest improvements over the 8 months he’s been here, so I hope to work with him to continue to make me bigger, stronger, and faster so I am ready whenever an opportunity arises.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I am a smart player who will always do his job and has a team first attitude. I have a strong work ethic that I believe can be seen both on the field and in the classroom. I always look out for my teammates on and off the field. Just having a mindset of always striving to be better in everything I do. I’m a guy who won’t quit and can bring an edge to the team.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
As a small player from a small high school in Iowa I had to make my own opportunities, however once coaches saw what I could do on the field and more importantly my character as a man a lot of doors were able to open for me to continue playing. All I need to be given is a chance to once again prove people wrong and show that I have what it takes to continue playing this game at the next level.