Exeter-Milligan senior Sam Zeleny is surrounded by his parents Jim and Liz Zeleny. Behind Zeleny are Exeter-Milligan head football Coach Dean Filipi and Concordia University Junior Varsity Head Coach Corby Osten. Below #3 Zeleny stiff arms a Giltner player and bottom, during the playoff game versus Wynot.
Exeter-Milligan’s Sam Zeleny has had a lot of success in the high school arena and has decided to take the next step and play football in college.
Zeleny chose Concordia University in Seward to pursue both a Bachelor’s degree in Ag Business along with some time on the football field.
Zeleny, a standout quarterback and basketball player for Exeter-Milligan has three state championship medals, a runner-up medal along with qualifying for State Track.
“I visited Concordia and really liked it. The football team is on the up rise right now and the coaches are really great right now. It will be a challenge going from quarterback in eight man to eleven man football. I will have to find my spot. This is new beginning for me.”
Concordia Coach Corby Osten is the JV Head Coach and was very positive about the impact that Zeleny will have. “He comes from a winning program and he’s a good athlete. He’s played a handful of positions. We see him as receiver right now but could have him in a few different spots.”
Concordia recruited Exeter-Milligan student Derek Luzum for their football team last year and saw the positive impact that the Timberwolf program had on their students. They were impressed with the hard work and dedication that Zeleny brought to the field and saw that he has the option of flexibility, “We are looking at Sam as a slot receiver or a receiver but he could easily flip over and be a defensive back for us.”
Exeter-Milligan Coach Filipi has similar positive thoughts after coaching Zeleny in football and basketball for four years. “Sam has been a hard worker for us for four years. He doesn’t give up. He has had a lot of success in Lincoln. We had a great group of seniors this year. Sam has been a great leader for us and he will be missed.”