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September 20, 2013

Mike Vascura fills multiple roles at Danville

DANVILLE — Playing multiple sports is something that Mike Vascura has always done.

The 6-foot-3, 253-pound senior is a three-year starter for the Danville football team and this spring will be his third straight season on the Vikings varsity baseball team.

“He is a kid, like a lot in our program, that play multiple sports here at Danville,’’ said football coach and athletics director B.J. Luke. “We’ve designed our athletics program here to be that way, where we share our kids through out the year. He is a good example of that.

“Mike is a good lineman and he is skilled enough to snap the ball — he could also play tight end if we needed him to. In the spring, he is an outstanding pitcher and first baseman for the baseball team.’’

But, this season, Vascura has expanded on versatility.

After playing limited downs on defense a year ago, recording 10 tackles for the Vikings. This year, he is starting at defensive end and last week against Champaign Centennial, Vacura had three tackles including his first-ever sack.

“It’s been a little difficult adapting to going both ways,’’ Vascura said. “It gets to be a little exhausting, but I’m working through it and I’m getting used to going both ways.’’

Additionally, he also made a switch on the offensive line this season.

After starting as an offensive tackle as a sophomore, Vascura spent all of last year at center, but this year, he’s back outside at tackle.

“I played the other tackle position during my sophomore season, so I’m used to that position,’’ he said. “Bascially, I know what its like to be out on the edge, because I also played some tight end during my sophomore season.

“It’s really not a big deal.’’

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