In every team sport, there are playmakers and there are leaders. This edition’s Snowdrift
Football Player Spotlight is a player that fits the bill for both descriptions. Meet Eric Takenaka.
A sophomore for the Snow College Badgers, Eric is a starting defensive back and switches
between playing free safety and strong safety. He also runs back punts and kickoffs for the
team. Last season, Eric finished fourth on the team in total recorded tackles with 45 and he is
looking to make an even bigger impact this season.
Eric spent his prep years in Salt Lake City playing for West High. His football idols are Jerry
Rice and Ronnie Lott, “because of their work ethic and the way they approached the game was
After high school, he made he came to Ephraim to play for Snow. “I had other schools I could
have gone to just for school, but I primarily came here just for football.” Said takenaka And,
Snow has been very grateful for his contributions. Already in the first game of this season Eric
had two interceptions, one returned 100 yards for a touchdown and three tackles.
His teammates are noticing his abilities too. Johnny Luke, a fellow free safety on the team, said,
“Takenaka is a leader. He is kind to everyone. He’s a perfectionist and he leads by example.
He puts in the work that a leader should.”
Takenaka thoughts and actions are centered on the team and he is very excited for their prospects
this season. “I’ve got a really good feeling about this year. We have great team chemistry and
everyone gets along. We all have the same goals of winning and having a great season.”
When Takenaka isn’t playing football or in class, he enjoys meeting new people, being outdoors,
and occasionally going to Fred’s in Manti for a Diesel Burger. He said of his time at Snow
College, “I’ve never had a bad experience here. People are very friendly and helpful.”
As far as education goes, Eric plans to major in electrical engineering, but his real dream is to
continue playing football after this year and make the jump to a Division 1 school. Look out for
his #2 jersey to continue making plays for the Badgers this season.