Benedictine’s John Borsellino is truly an all star
BY JOHN GROCHOWSKI For Sun-Times Media September 12, 2012 10:08PM
Updated: October 15, 2012 9:41AM
No matter where Benedictine opponents look on the field, it seems as if John Borsellino is there.
“Anything they ask me to do, I’m going to try to be the best at it,” said Borsellino, a senior from Montini who has been a 1,000-yard-plus rusher the last two seasons but does so much more for the Eagles (1-1). “I catch punts; I catch picks; I play slot receiver; they move me out to receiver; I play running back. Just to have those in my game keeps [defenders] on their heels because they always have to know where I’m at.”
Borsellino came up big as an all-purpose threat Saturday in a 30-22 nonconference victory at North Park. He ran for 130 yards, rolled up 137 yards on returns and caught seven passes for 68 yards, including a 16-yarder for one of quarterback Cyle Schultz’s three touchdown passes.
It’s the kind of day the Eagles have come to expect from Borsellino, who had 1,043 yards rushing, 317 receiving and 744 on returns in 2010, then followed that up with 1,426, 296 and 762 in ’11. That helped Benedictine to back-to-back Northern Athletics Conference championships.
Borsellino started his college career at Benedictine in 2008, then took a one-year detour to Illinois State before transferring back.
“Everything I learned at Illinois State helped me out,” he said. ‘‘You’re playing Division I football; you’re playing with top players all over the country. I was playing with the best of the best, and the speed of the game helped me a lot when I came back.”
He hopes this season doesn’t end his playing career. Borsellino said he has been in contact with NFL and CFL scouts, and he’ll keep training after the season. If it doesn’t work out, he’ll put his business-management major to work.
In the meantime, the matter at hand is the pursuit of a third conference title.
“I think we definitely need to accept that we can win this conference again and prove to ourselves how good we could be,” Borsellino said.
In the rankings
North Central (1-1) stayed at No. 13 in the NCAA Division III rankings despite a 42-16 romp over Redlands, which entered the game at No. 14 and slid to No. 25. Running back Nick Kukuc was named CCIW offensive player of the week despite touching the ball only 11 times. He scored four touchdowns, had 60 yards on nine carries and caught two passes for 57 yards.
CCIW rival Wheaton (1-1) dropped from 10th to 19th after a 22-21 loss to Albion.
St. Xavier (2-0) stayed firmly atop the NAIA after thrashing St. Francis of Joliet 31-13. St. Francis (1-1) dropped from No. 7 to No. 17.