Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could get past Joshua Hull and the 47th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl. The 6’6″ 265 lbs. Humboldt High School senior will dawn the Cubs helmet one final time this Saturday night.
Hull, signed on February 5th of this year to play football at Division 2’s Emporia State University, will play at the offensive line and could see some defensive line play.
Hull helped lead the Cubs to a 28-5 record the last 3 years that included an appearance in the East Quarter-Finals last year as well as Semi-Finals the year prior.
According to his MaxPreps profile, Hull recorded 90 total tackles, 50 of them solo, 4 fumble recoveries and 8 sacks through 39 varsity high school games.
Eastern Kansas Sports caught up with Hull prior to Saturday’s sold-out game, which can be seen via YouTube or heard on WiBW 580AM, to reflect on his time at the Shrine Bowl as well as representing the Humboldt Community.
This interview is sponsored by Johnson Schowengerdt, P.A.
Eastern Kansas Sports: Whom, if any, made the biggest impact on you that allowed for such opportunity?
Joshua Hull: Coach Wyrick
EKS: How did you prepare to maintain or get back into shape to get ready for the Shrine Bowl?
JH: Kept working in the weight room and practice this week with the team has really help me get back into the swing of the game.
EKS: You played against several of your East Squad teammates throughout your career. Has that helped establish a relationship this week?
JH: I definitely did NOT like some of my teammates on the East squad before but now we’re unspeakably close and I believe that helped us bond as a team.
EKS: You were a part of one of the best, if not the best, 3 year runs for Humboldt HS football. What does it mean to you to cap it off with fellow teammate Conor Haviland and represent Humboldt?
JH: I’m not at all joking when I say this, it means the literal world to me to be able to play with Conor one more time and to represent Humboldt in the shrine bowl.
EKS: Describe what you daily schedule has been this week?
JH: We eat breakfast at 7:15 and go to the field at 9. Come back to the hotel to eat at 12 and go back to the field again at two. We usually are done around 4:30 and eat at 6 then go back to the field at 7 and practice again. We have also went bowling and swimming at an aquatic center.
EKS: Key takeaways from takeaways from camp for you?
JH: Relationships that I have built with the coaches, players, and faculty.
EKS: There were some doubts that there would even be a game due to Covid. What steps are being taken this week to maintain safety of the participants?
JH: We are always wearing masks and using hand sanitizer, keeping our distance and spraying down our lockers that have our equipment in them.
EKS: Was your family able to secure tickets?
JH: Yes, my family will be at the game on Saturday.
EKS: Plans for your future?
JH: Attend Emporia State on a football scholarship majoring in upper level education and minoring in coaching.
EKS: Game prediction?
JH: East by 6
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