Q&A with Zac Harleston ’17


Wide receiver Zac Harleston ’17 steps to the line of scrimmage prior to a play. Credit: Aaron Park/Big Red

Dario Madyoon

Q. How did you start playing football?

When I was in kindergarten, we brought out a football, and I just loved the game. I begged my mom to let me play flag when I was in first grade, and I have loved it ever since.

Q. How do you balance football and lacrosse?

The good thing about that, is that they complement each other really well. When I’m fresh out of football season and go into lacrosse, I feel so much stronger and I feel a huge strength advantage. Football also gives me extra aggression, which definitely helps with lacrosse. When I go from lacrosse to football, I have just come off an entire season of working on football, which transitions right into playing wide receiver for football. It’s a really good cross training overall because I get strength training from football and speed and agility training from lacrosse.

Q. What’s your favorite Wolverine moment?

There’s a ton that I have in football, and some of my favorites include the hail mary from last year, scoring the triple OT game winner were both really dope.

Q. What are you looking to do as a leader this year as a senior?

I really want to teach them the lessons that I had known. Every senior has told me that the sea-son goes by fast. Now that I’m a senior, I can’t believe how surreal it is, and I really wish I had cherished the moment more, in both practices and games. Because you’re out there anyway, then you may as well to go as hard as possible, because you never know what’s going to happen and you shouldn’t take it for granted.

Q. You made big improvements last year, what led to that?

I think it was definitely an increase in confidence. Especially in sports, when I’m having a bad day, it shows in my game, but when I’m feeling confident, that’s when I play the best and get the best out of myself. I also grew a lot, and that also really helped.

Q. You’re a two sport athlete, any change you’re playing football?

That remains to be seen. I’m definitely going to focus on finishing my senior year of football really well. I’m going to play lax, but if the urge to play football is still there over the summer, then I’m going to follow that and try to balance both. But right now, I’m going to try to be the best lacrosse and football Wolverine that I can be.