- Name: Jack Sorenson
- Position: WR
- College: Miami (OH) University
- Height: 6’0″
- Weight:195 lbs
- Twitter: @jsore13
- Instagram: @jacksorenson12
1.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
I initially started playing football because my friends were playing it. From there the love for the comradery and overcoming individual battles grew. I fell in love with the process of finding areas as a person, leader, or football player that I can improve on and learning how to become proficient in these areas through consistent trial and error. There is nothing out there that has the brotherhood or teaches the life lessons like football. On top of all of this I also love playing the game.
2.What is a moment that improved you as a football player?
A reason that I love football so much is that you have the opportunity to improve every day and that is a choice you have to make. There are countless people wanting to help you as well as countless opportunities to put in extra work and improve as a player. However, I think my biggest improvement came from freshman to sophomore year where I had realized that I am surrounded by people better than me, more skilled, more talented, etc. I wasn’t in high school anymore and if I wanted to find success, I would have to accept that there was a long and difficult process to get there. This was a lesson that I know will apply to anything in life.
3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?
My mindset when I am on the field is understanding my job on each play and taking care of my part in the offensive play. One thing that we learned very early on at Miami is that we are all 1/11 of an offense and if we start trying to take on more than that we cannot do our job to our best ability. My mentality when I am on the field is understanding the job that I have to do to help the team win and to do that to the best of my ability.
4.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
I would love to hang out with Donald Driver from the Green Bay Packers. He was my favorite player growing up and I really appreciate his story and his process to become a historic figure for the packer’s program. I think it would be awesome to understand his path to the NFL as well as pick his brain as a wide receiver.
5.What sets you apart from other wide receivers?
I think what sets me apart from other receivers is my ability to understand my opponent and their weaknesses and then putting themselves in positions where those weaknesses are exploited. I think another thing that has always helped me is my mentality to always find a way to push through difficult situations. I have always prided myself on never giving up and finding areas to grow in through failures in the process to success.
6.What are your favorite things about playing football for Miami Ohio?
My favorite things about playing football at Miami Ohio is the culture of the football team. It is a brotherhood that is unmatched from what I have experienced on any other team or in any other sport. I love the bus rides and memories that we all make when traveling to and from games on the road. I think another thing that I really appreciate is the culture that my teammates and I have pushed to create in the facility.
7.What is a skill that you have that you think translates into the NFL well?
The skill that I have that will translate well to the NFL is my ability to take in large amounts of information, take on a lot of stress and other responsibilities and compartmentalize them in an efficient way which allows me to become productive at a faster rate than other players. Another skill that I think sets me apart when I am on the field is my ability to run routes which expose the weak spots in defenders’ skills.
8.What is your favorite workout?
My favorite workout is anything that has to do with mental endurance. Testing yourself mentally and challenging yourself to give up in a strenuous workout is my favorite workout which I also think is extremely applicable to football and life. In football, if you are going up tempo on offense, it is very easy to try and find times to take a break or catch your breath, which can affect the offense and its success. Training your mind and body to overcome these situations gives you a large advantage over your opponents. Many times, your opponent is just as tired as you are.
9.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
I think I bring energy through the way I carry myself in the facility, on the field, as well as off the field. I think that I am intense in preparation and my training and this compels others to push themselves harder while working out, watching film, conditioning, etc. Because I set the standard and the bar for the program which they must meet.
10.What would a team get in a player like you?
A team would get a consistent player who dedicates themselves to the team, its needs, and its goals. I have never been a player to be selfish about my own success because I truly believe individual success comes after team success. Teams would get a player who understands the amazing opportunity to play football as a career and who would not take that for granted, I would be a positive character in their locker room who would help push the team towards achieving its goals.
11.What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?
I am looking forward to getting a full schedule of games. I am looking forward to playing a difficult out of conference schedule including Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Army. I am excited to push for another MAC Championship and go out a champion at Miami.
12.What has been your biggest challenge in life?
My biggest challenge in life is coming from an environment where people feel that I didn’t deserve what I had gotten. They feel that I have had things handed to me because I came from a family that had some wealth. Growing up in an environment where my “friends” consistently tried to persuade me to play certain positions or do certain things that put myself in bad circumstances was difficult to handle and recognize. Not having truly supportive friends that cared about my well-being or success but rather tried to ruin it was difficult to handle as a high schooler. However, these situations allowed me to learn to believe in myself, to become my own biggest supporter. I learned that nobody wants my goals more than me, if anything, people will try to tear you down if they see you excelling at a pace that they cannot keep up with. I believe in my abilities because I know what I have put into this sport and my craft. I don’t need others validation or support to do what I know I can do in life. Now, I have my family and my small circle of friends who support me for who I am, I am not out for fame or recognition. I am out to succeed in the goals I have set for myself and to do what makes me happy.