Stapleton’s work ethic evident on and off the field

Chris Stapleton has been anything but complacent despite the success he has enjoyed in his first two seasons at Florida Tech.

Never mind that Stapleton was the co-defensive freshman of the year in the Gulf South Conference two years ago or that he dominated opposing offenses to the tune of a team-high 90 tackles last season.

None of it has stopped the standout redshirt junior linebacker out of Navarre from continuing to work hard each day.

“Football is your craft and you have to constantly work to get better at it,” Stapleton said. “You have to practice, work hard in the weight room and watch a lot of film. The big thing for me was that I stayed here over the summer and feel like I’ve gotten a lot faster and a lot stronger. I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out.”

Stapleton expects to pick up where he left off last season when he ranked third in the GSC in tackles per game (8.2) and earned second-team all-conference honors.

He said preseason camp went well and expects the Panthers to be a much-improved defense after allowing a little less than 400 yards per outing (397.7) last season.

Read the full story in the Sept. 10 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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