It's hard to miss Jared Silva on a football field. He fits the mold of a protypical linebacker with Pacific Islander roots, a Lofa Tatupu clone in his crimson Central Washington practice jersey. Intricate tattoos inked by hand adorn the senior's arms and legs and flowing hair protrudes from his helmet. But it's Silva's presence on the gridiron that makes him standout most.
"Jared looks like he has been here for three years with the respect he demands on the field," said CWU head coach Blaine Bennett.
In fact, Silva has only been a Wildcat for a couple of weeks. He transferred to CWU from the University of Nevada-Reno. He was released from his scholarship at UNR after being charged with assaulting a police officer in December. Since coming to Ellensburg, Silva has stepped in to the starting middle linebacker role and seems to be a natural leader in the huddle. He hopes to take advantage of the second chance he has been provided.
"I've been brought up to be a leader, to step up," Silva said. "I wasn't nervous coming here, I was pumped to be getting a second chance. Now I'm just trying help these guys in whatever way I can."