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Lane Napier of Concordia performs an exercise during the 2020 season.


FRANCIS GARDLER, Journal Star archive photo


SEWARD – Lane Napier will return to the Concordia defense this season as a fifth-year senior and the Great Plains Athletic Conference record holder for career tackles.

But the 22-year-old from David City wants to leave Concordia the same way he arrived.

“To win,” Napier said following a recent scrum against Nebraska Wesleyan. “I think at the end of the day all of us guys just want to win. When we came in, now in fifth year, we came in first year and we had a pretty strong team. We’ve been a few years behind and we want this winning season and showing people what we can do. “

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Napier broke the GPAC tackle record last season and currently has 401 saves, reaching the plateau of 400 tackles in the last game of the 2020 season.

Although Napier brings a veteran appearance to the defense, he could have easily gone into the sunset like one of the Bulldogs’ best.

“I didn’t want to grow up,” said Napier, who was an All-American last year. “I didn’t want to miss guys and we always talk about it here that we have a fraternity. It’s true for me and that’s the reason I don’t want to leave.

Putting on the pads one last season for Napier brought a new feeling and a familiar feeling.

“As I get older,” Napier said. “But it was pure excitement. Our first workouts were just jerseys, and the second we put on leggings, everyone changes. Everyone’s mindset has changed and since then we have been working hard all week.

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