Edgy Tim goes 1-on-1 with WWS kicker Jack Olsen

Edgy Tim goes 1-on-1 with WWS kicker Jack Olsen

Wheaton Warrenville South junior kicker/wide receiver Jack Olsen (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) is an IHSA state record-setting kicker for the Tigers and head coach Ron Muhitch. Olsen, who is holding an early scholarship offer from Miami (OH), continues to draw attention from multiple Power Five-level college football programs. Does that make him act like a big timer? Hardly. Olsen is as low key and humble as any kid you'll find in the Class of 2020.

Olsen also made teamed up with his fellow Tigers at the recently held Franklin Middle School charity dodgeball tournament which raised funds for several worthy charities. He took a few minutes to recap his record breaking 2018 season, his latest recruiting news along with giving up a very early preview of the 2019 Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers. 
 

46 Days to Kickoff: Wheaton Warrenville South

46 Days to Kickoff: Wheaton Warrenville South

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Wheaton Warrenville South

Head coach: Ron Muhitch

Assistant coaches: Sean Norris, Tim Brylka, Will Matte, Sam VanHeest, Andrew Schweitzer and Mike Urbik

How they fared in 2017: 2-7 (1-7 DuPage Valley Conference). Wheaton Warrenville South failed to qualify for the 2017 IHSA state football playoffs.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Metea Valley

Aug. 31 vs Lockport

Sept. 7 vs Geneva

Sept. 14 vs St. Charles East

Sept. 21 @ Batavia

Sept. 28 @ Wheaton North

Oct. 5 vs Lake Park

Oct. 12 @ Glenbard North

Oct. 19 @ St. Charles North

[MORE: 56 Days to Kickoff - Wheaton North]

Biggest storyline: Can the Tigers find success in the newly created DuKane conference in 2018?

Names to watch this season: DE Isaiah Dietzman-Brown and OL Billy Winfrey

Biggest holes to fill: The Tigers will need to replace 10 graduated starters on the offensive side of the football. 

EDGY's Early Take: Hall of Fame Wheaton South head coach Ron Muhitch’s Tigers will be young in 2018. They will try to turn their recent fate around in the new Dukane Conference. Look for the Tigers’ defense (especially up front on the line) to be an early strength. The younger offense will continue to develop this fall. Getting off to a good early start in their two non-conference games (Metea Valley and Lockport) is an absolute key for the Red Grange Tigers in 2018. 

Bears training camp preview: 3 burning questions for the wide receivers

Bears training camp preview: 3 burning questions for the wide receivers

With training camp starting next week, CSN Chicago’s Chris Boden and JJ Stankevitz are looking at three burning questions for each of the Bears’ position groups heading into Bourbonnais. Wednesday's unit: the wide receivers.

1. Kevin White

Need we say more? Okay, we will. Or ... maybe not. You guys are already familiar with the career numbers for the 2015 seventh overall draft pick: Four games played. 28 games missed. 19 catches. 187 yards. Zero touchdowns. Two serious injuries and surgeries on his left fibula. Oh, and he’ll be working with three new quarterbacks and a third wide receivers coach in as many years. That. Is. A. Lot.

“It’s got to happen now,”  White said in June of a potential Bears career crossroads season. “I’ve got to turn it up. So to me, year three, it’s time.”

2. Who gets hot in the slot?

If Cam Meredith and White get through the preseason healthy (and with the Bears the past two seasons, a big “if”), the position battle turns to playing time in the slot, where Eddie Royal was supposed to be the answer in the Ryan Pace/John Fox regime. Ex-Pittsburgh Steeler Markus Wheaton was given the sweetest contract of a free agent trip (two years, $11 million, six million guaranteed) and has the most speed. Kendall Wright excelled with a 94-catch season with the Tennessee Titans under Dowell Loggains in 2013, until gradually sinking further into the doghouse. And Victor Cruz has the tape — two great seasons with the New York Giants. But the second of those was five years ago for the now-30-year-old, and he played a total of six games in injury-plagued 2014 and 2015 seasons. If this trio all proves something, and deserving of roster spots, that may only leave Josh Bellamy (who’s proven value on special teams) as the sixth receiver, along with White and Meredith.

"The more routes I run, the more I build a rapport with Mike [Glennon] and get myself out there learning the plays," Cruz said after his signing, "I think I have that potential to be the guy you saw a few years ago.

"We’ve got a lot of guys who are looking for opportunity," said Wheaton. "A lot of guys that are hungry and have something to prove."

3. An unexpected, immediate-impact surprise?

Deonte Thompson had 22 catches when pressed into action last season, and has a history with new wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni at Florida (2010), but now has competition after a year and a half as the primary kickoff returner. Rueben Randle had a 71-catch season three years ago with the Giants, helping them offset the loss of Cruz, but must overcome a “lazy” reputation after not hooking on with a team at all last season. Daniel Braverman was All-Bourbonnais a year ago, but the seventh-round rookie (and "future Wes Welker") got into only three December games, with zero catches. Wheaton-Warrenville South product Titus Davis (older brother of Titans' 2017 first-round pick Corey Davis) is only 24 and "retired" from New York Jets camp a year ago. A darkhorse (perhaps only for the practice squad) could be undrafted rookie Tanner Gentry, who has size (6-foot-2) and a catch radius after leading the NCAA with 49 deep target throws (22 receptions) from potential top 2018 draft pick Josh Allen at Wyoming last season.