The Freshman Fifteen - Sam Arneson

Sam Arneson (left) and Jake Keefer (Fleming/11)

Sam Arneson grabbed his first offer from Central Michigan, but there was little doubt where he wanted to go, especially since with his parents being Madison graduates. Badger Nation gets to know Arneson a little better in its popular series.

MADISON - When he got the call from Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema that he was going to be offered a scholarship, Sam Arneson went down the hallway at Merrill High School to tell his dad the good news, and then proceeded further down the hallway to tell his mom. For a family that went and worked at the same school, how fitting that all three are expected to graduate from the same college.

Arneson was one of the top players at his high school camp two summers ago as a high school junior-to-be, leaving a lasting impression that the UW coaches were keen to remember when starting to extend 2011 scholarship offers. That hard-working, blue-collar work ethic carried over into Arneson's first fall camp, earning him a spot on the team's travel roster and possibly a spot on the field should the need arise.

In the return of our popular series for subscribers, Badger Nation does a meet and greet with the newer members of the Wisconsin football team, shedding a light on some of the unknown kids that figure to be important parts of the Badgers' future.

Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.

What's been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?

Arneson: College life in itself means you have to really balance your time. We just started class, but you've got the things you take for granted when you were at your house with your parents. They used to do stuff for you and now you have to do everything yourself. That's been an adjustment, but everything has been smooth so far.

What's been the hardest part adjusting to college football?

Arneson: You can say the speed and strength of course because that's obviously, but when you are at the high school, you were that guy that can handle people. Now when you get here, you can't do that. You have to have great technique every single time. It's a big adjustment.

Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?

Arneson: I've added a little bit of weight over the summer. It was quite an adjustment with the workouts they put you through. I like to think I've gained some size and strength already.

How is Madison different than your home town of Merrill, Wisconsin? What's the biggest difference?

Arneson: Merrill's not that tiny, but it is compared to Madison. It's the bigger city and there are so many more things to do. You have a lot of options here.

What is your major?

Arneson: I am looking to study kinesiology. It's a difficult major, but I have always been pretty good with academics in the past.

What are you hoping to do after college?

Arneson: There are a lot of different options from athletic training or if I wanted to go into grad school after college football, I could probably do something with physical therapy.

What's your favorite place on the Madison campus?

Arneson: There are a lot of cool things. Both the new Union South and Memorial Union are fun hangouts. It's been a lot of fun. I like spending time with the guys and anytime you can just hang out, it's pretty good.

What's your least favorite place on campus?

Arneson: I am little disappointed that we haven't found a good beach quite yet. Maybe that's the option.

What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?

Arneson: I am a pretty relaxed guy, so just hanging out in the dorm room or going to a beach if we can find a good one (laughing).

Who do you live with and how is that going?

Arneson: I am living with Jake Keefer and it's like we're brothers. We've known each other for a long time being early commits, so it's been a lot of fun.

What's the most interesting thing you've learn about him since you starting living with him?

Arneson: He thinks he's quite a dancer. I'll say that. We get along real well, but we like to sing and dance along to some music, that's for sure.

Where does your biggest support come from? Family? Friends? Teammates?

Arneson: My family is incredibly supportive. I have a large family, not only my immediate family but my extended family. My dad played here, my mom went here and they love to come and visit. They have been very supportive throughout my life and especially now that I am down here.

What's your parents reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?

Arneson: They are very excited. Honestly, it was a dream come true for me and I think it was for them because of their history here. I think that was a goal that they both had for me, so I am glad that it all worked out.

It doesn't have to be football related, but what do you feel has been the greatest accomplishment of your life?

Arneson: Obviously getting the scholarship here, but I was the top kid in my school for academics. We had a class of 273 and I finished with a 4.0 grade point average, so I am pretty proud of that accomplishment.

What's the best part of being a Wisconsin football player and putting on that red and white jersey?

Arneson: Everything about it. It's everything you thought it would be. It's probably more work than you thought it would be, too, but that comes with it. All the opportunities you are provided with and being with your teammates, it's a lot of fun.

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