An all-around talent

Q & A Tim Bolte, Loyola, Football

October 03, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace | Stefen Lovelace,SUN REPORTER

Tim Bolte is the centerpiece of No. 1 Loyola's defense. He plays tight end and linebacker, is a three-year varsity player, and is captain this year. The senior isn't just a fixture on the football field, though. He's also a defender on the lacrosse team and a member of the National Honor Society and the Italian Club. When he's not helping to lead the Dons (5-0) on the football field, he's maintaining a 3.9 grade point average in the classroom, which he hopes will propel him to an Ivy League school. Bolte was a force Saturday against Archbishop Curley, reeling in a 29-yard pass for a touchdown and helping keep the Friars out of the end zone in a 42-0 Loyola victory. He will need similar production this week, as the Dons travel to face conference rival and second-ranked McDonogh (2-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. What do you like most about playing football?

I'd say the camaraderie. I like how it makes everyone come together as a team. There's no one person who can win, and you need all 11 players on the field.

What do you think your biggest strength is on the field?

My leadership ability. I help bring everybody together and keep everyone levelheaded so we can accomplish goals as a team.

What's your biggest weakness?

Sometimes I take plays off, honestly. I see it on film and I don't know whether I'm tired - I think it has a little bit to do with that - but that needs to stop. I need to go hard every play.

What do you like better: hitting people or eluding them?

Hitting people. You get to set the tempo on how hard you go at them. Sometimes when you're running the ball, or after you catch the ball, you're the object and you can't really control anything. When you're out there on defense, you can really go after them and you control what you're doing. There's a lot more freedom with defense.

What are some of the goals that you've set for the team this year?

A championship is the main goal. All individual goals, everyone's personal goals are set aside. What we focus on is going undefeated and winning a championship.

What will your team need to do to maintain its No. 1 ranking the rest of the year?

We're going to need to continue to work hard every day of the week, Monday through Friday. All of our practices are going to have to be the best. The teams we play are not easy teams, so to remain No. 1, we're going to have to beat everyone through teamwork, heart and effort.

How do you like playing under coach Brian Abbott?

I love it. I love his intensity. I love the fact that he wants to win as much as I do and as much as the rest of the team does. He makes us go to our full potential and doesn't let us cut ourselves short, so I really love that.

You're a lacrosse player, too. Which sport do you like better?

My lacrosse coach [Jack Crawford] is going to kill me, but right now it's football. I'm kind of an in-season person. Sometimes when you're in a season, you get really caught up in that sport. Right now my mind is football 24-7. That's what you need to be thinking about if you want to succeed in [the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference].

What football player do you look up to the most?

Probably Ray Lewis, just for that fact that I grew up with him. I've spent so much time watching him on television and watching him come out. The intensity he shows every single week, that's something I would really love to emulate.

When you're not playing football, what do you like to do?

I like to shoot hoops out back, play video games with my friends and play pingpong with my brother. You know, just normal kid stuff.

What's it like going to an all-boys school?

I actually kind of like it. It sounds weird, but you really don't have to worry about what you look like going to school every day. It's really nice getting to hang out with the guys. You get to hang out with girls in college, so it's fine.

Who's your role model off the football field?

My dad. I like the way he handles situations. He's always calm. He's not always patient, but he always seems to handle the situation in the best way that it could possibly be done.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Probably Tiger Woods because he may be a once-in-a-forever type of person. To do what he does on a consistent basis is just phenomenal, and just seeing him, the way he carries himself, I would just love to sit down and talk to him.

What's something people don't know about you that you're willing to tell?

Probably that I'm kind of a nice guy. On the football field, I kind of come off hard, but if you see me in the classroom, I'm joking around just like everybody else.

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