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Duberg's smarts and skills generate Ivy League attention Phillip Brents | Fri, Dec 30 2011 12:47 PM

At six feet, three inches tall and weighing 250 pounds powerful Bonita Vista senior defensive end James Duberg has the size, quickness and strength needed to succeed in college football.

Duberg didn’t want to settle for just any college program, he wanted one that will provide him with a top-notch education. He set his sights high, directing his applications to Ivy League schools and other institutions that offer a similarly rigorous course of study.

Duberg is one of those rare individuals who has both the intellectual and athletic qualities that elite colleges seek.

He recently made history by selecting Harvard University, and becomes the first player in the Bonita Vista program to attend the Ivy League school, according to Barons coach Greg Raby.

Though Bonita Vista finished out of the running for this year’s Metro-Mesa League championship title and the Barons finished their season on a rather inglorious note on the short side of a 49-0 first round loss in the San Diego Section playoffs, Duberg helped personify his team’s work-ethic by earning all-league and All-San Diego Section honors at his position.

Raby is obviously proud of Duberg and the standard Duberg has set on the team.

“The biggest thing that James brings to our program is his commitment and loyalty to the players and to the team,” the BVHS coach said. “He works hard every day and always gives his best. He is an all-league and an all-CIF caliber player. He can definitely play Division I football.

“Academically, he is one of the best scholar-athletes who we have ever had here. He is a classy kid and his character is impeccable.”

Raby nominated Duberg for the National High School Football Hall of Fame Award. “That is about the highest honor you can earn as a high school player,” Raby said.

With a GPA hovering near 4.0 and a productive career on the football field on his resume, Duberg had a lot of options.

He applied to Brown University, Harvard and Dartmouth. He said he didn’t limit the application process just to Ivy League schools but said applying to several of them “scared away some of the other schools.”

Once he enrolls next fall, Duberg expects to become either a pre-med major or pursue his interest in computer sciences. First, of course, he will have to get his lower division units out of the way. His goals on the football field are clearer.

“I am going to work my hardest to do everything I can to get on the football field as early as possible,” he said. “It is no fun when you sit on the bench, so whether it is on special teams or defense, I just want to get on the field from the get go.”

Ultimately, he hopes to win a starting job either as a defensive end, linebacker or defensive tackle.

 In the spring, Duberg will again compete on the track and field teams hurling the discus and shot put.    

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