November 7, 2012

Bullard a key for Logan in football, basketball

By Beau Wicker

— In a season of inconsistencies for Logansport’s football team, one constant was the tough, hard running of fullback Bo Bullard.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior had a 1,000-yard rushing season for the 1-9 Berries in what was largely a transitional year under first-year coach Brad Urban. Bullard scored a team-high 15 touchdowns.

“He was a guy when we gave the ball to him, he’d get 4 or 5 yards and a lot of times he would make his own holes,” Urban said. “He’s a big, strong runner, a traditional type of fullback for any type of offense. In our offense the fullback is the focal point.”

Bullard was used as a kind of battering ram against opposing defenses, opening up space for his teammates to operate.

“He opened up things for our halfbacks and quarterback and eventually our passing game,” Urban said.

The Berries finished with just one win on the season against Peru. They once again just missed on a season-making win against Huntington North in an overtime loss to a team that eventually finished in second place in the North Central Conference.

They played most of the teams on their schedule close, including Norwell in a sectional game, and Norwell went on to beat New Haven 22-20 in the semifinal and lost to Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 14-7 in the final.

“The record and sectional didn’t turn out like we planned coming into the season, but we had a lot of great kids,” Bullard said. “We made a lot of strides during the season. We did a lot of good things. We played a lot of teams really close, we had a lot of games we should have won, could have won. When it came down to it, I think we did all right. We didn’t do all right in the wins and loss column, but as far as what we could do, we did good.”

Bullard is also a key member of Logan’s boys basketball team. He’s been known for his defense and rebounding against taller opponents, and he said he might have to step up his scoring this season.

“I’m going to have to be tough on defense inside, probably going to have to rebound a lot, and then do what I can on the offensive end,” he said. “We’ve got two people that can definitely score [Antonio Penny and Jayson Higgins], and we need somebody else that steps up and contributes, and whoever that is is who it is, but it might be me. We’ll see.”

Bullard said the Berries enter with big expectations this season, with goals of winning North Central Conference and sectional titles. They open Nov. 21 at Peru.

The following is a question-and-answer session with Bullard.

Q. Of the sports you play, which is your favorite? Why?

A. I love all the sports I play, but I am partial to football. There is nothing like playing under the lights on Friday night.

Q. How did you first get started in sports? At what age?

A. My roots in athletics stem from biddy basketball and flag football at the YMCA at the age of 5. I am told by my mom that I was in a gymnastics class at age 3, but I don’t think it is true.

Q. Do you have any family members who played sports?

A. Yes. Both of my parents [Butch and Kelly] played sports in high school. My mom played tennis, and my dad played football, basketball and baseball. He was also a walk-on for the Boilermakers football team for two years. My three sisters were/are also very active in sports including: gymnastics, soccer, track and diving. My extended family includes many aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents who all participate in sports as well. Our family gatherings often include a volleyball game, tennis tourney or football game.

Q. How do you feel you’ve improved as an athlete since you first started playing?

A. I’ve definitely gotten a lot stronger, which gives me a great edge in all of my sports. I also feel that my mental game has improved. I understand the game and what my team needs from me a lot better than I used to.

Q. Who do you consider your biggest role model? Why?

A. Definitely my dad. He has always pushed me to excel in everything that I do and never let me settle for being second best. He has shown me what it means to be a competitor in all aspects of my life, not just on the field or the court.

Q. What is something that not everyone knows about you?

A. Something that not everyone knows about me is that I love to water ski. My neighbors, the O’Brien family, insisted that I try, and once I got up, I have loved it ever since. I spend a lot of time in the summers improving my skiing skills.

Q. What is your favorite memory of playing sports at your school?

A. My favorite memory of playing sports in high school was during my junior year of football against Marion. I threw a fade to Jarod Schrock in the end zone with 30 seconds left and he made a miraculous catch to put us ahead. That was a fun game to be a part of.

Q. What’s your favorite music, movie, TV show, etc.?

A. I don’t really have a favorite type of music. I listen to about anything. My favorite movie is Gladiator with Russell Crowe, my favorite TV show is Criminal Minds, my favorite book is Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban, and my favorite sports team is the Purdue Boilermakers.

Q. Who is the best athlete in your respective sport you’ve ever gone up against?

A. The best athlete I’ve ever gone up against is Gunner Kiel. He is a freshman quarterback at Notre Dame this year. We played him in a 7-on-7 football tournament in the summer of 2011. He was exceptional, but we still managed to beat them and advance to the final eight of the tournament.

Q. What are your goals for your future? Do you plan on attending college?

A. I plan on attending college to study chemical engineering and then hopefully go on to medical school to become an anesthesiologist.

Each week during the school year the Pharos-Tribune recognizes an athlete from one of five area high schools. The recipients are selected by each school’s athletic department.