July 16, 2014

Spartan safety’s favorite game, internship show similarities

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Designs are something that Manchester University junior Taylor Anglemeyer has plenty of knowledge about.

Whether it's figuring out a system to handle an opposing offense's scheme as a defensive back for the Spartan football team or working at his summer internship for the Keystone RV Company, he enjoys the opportunities in both spectrums.

"I'm an accounting major, but I've been exploring some marketing possibilities recently," the Wakarusa, Ind., native said. "The internship touches on both areas, as I'm doing marketing and sales as well as graphic design, too.

"It's a little similar to what I face on the football field," he added. "When you are looking into the other team's offense and checking out what receivers are 'hot' and what ones are the number twos, which is my responsibility for our unit, you need to be ready for anything … it could be either run or pass. You have to think quickly."

Anglemeyer's quick thinking prowess made itself apparent to the MU coaching staff when he came into his first preseason camp. Although he played linebacker for most of his prep career at Northwood High School, he was put in the defensive backfield for his collegiate career.

The transition has gone well. He ranked fourth in tackles, translating into the second-leading returner in that category, and recorded three interceptions last fall during a two-year run of 17 of 20 possible games played.

"The coaching staff was and is still a big help to me," he noted. "When I arrived here, I didn't have much experience in the defensive backfield but after some great information from them coupled with wanting to be an important part of the team, I picked up the position pretty well."

Anglemeyer's thinking abilities will be put to the test again this fall. After the Class of 2013's graduation cut deep into the Black and Gold's defensive numbers, he will be looked to as one of the leaders.

"I'm looking forward to that responsibility," he admitted. "(The upperclassmen) will have a little more on their shoulders, but I feel like I'm ready to step up and help with those duties. It's a good bunch of guys (on defense), and I think we'll work together well."

It's another chance to make designs for success in his collegiate career which is something Anglemeyer is used to.

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