Pacific Lutheran’s sophomore wide receiver Kyle Warner is Lute’s football top receiver. So far in the 2012 season Warner has caught 7 touchdown passes out of 50 receptions and leads the team receivers in 911 total yardage. As a first-year, Warner managed to catch four touchdowns.
Reigning from Tumwater Wash, Warner excelled in football at Tumwater High School earning Washington State 2A player of the year and leading his team to earn the state football title.
In his last game against Whitworth, Warner caught two touchdown passes. One of those catches was a 47-yard run.
PLU holds a record of 6-2 overall and 5-1 in conference.
Warner is satisfied with how well his team has performed. “We kind of started slow because we’re pretty young,” Warner said. “We’re starting to pick it up towards the end which is good.”
Warner hopes that the “momentum” of the fledging team’s achievements will carry over into next year.
Warner got his chance to step up as a starting player when sophomore wide-receiver Kellen Westering was out for the season.
“They’ve been calling my number a lot more,” Warner said. “When he (Westering) was in we played off each other well.”
Warner feels that he has developed enough as a key offensive player for the Lutes. “It’s been great having my number called and doing some pretty great things,” Warner said.
Playing for only his second year at PLU, Warner is target of choice for quarterback Dalton Ritchey.
As any receiver in his prime would, Warner enjoys running the deep routes. “Dalton the quarterback throws a good deep ball so those are fun to catch,” Warner said.
For the remainder of the year, Warner hope to that his team keeps doing what they do best. “Hopefully we keep winning,” Warner said. “We kind of have that little glimpse of hope that we might make it to playoffs.”
After school, Warner hopes to combine his athletic and academic experience to become a high school teacher or possibly a high school football coach. Warner is currently majoring in business and minoring in education.
Warner’s last conference game with PLU’s football team will be against the 4-5 Menlo College at Atherton California Nov 10 12 p.m.