Athlete Profile: Jesse Calder

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Sport: Rugby
Position: Inside center
Hometown: Helena, Mont.
Major: University studies
Year in School: Freshman

What is the best part of playing inside center?
Running with the ball and being able to make really big plays.

When and why did you start playing?
My senior year of high school. It looked interesting and physical.

What is your favorite thing about rugby and why?
My favorite thing would have to be the brotherhood. The guys on the team will be my best friends throughout college and life.

Why did you come to MSU?
Rugby was part of the decision, but it’s a family school as well. I like it a lot.

What do you do to prepare before a game?
I focus on what I have to do to help the team the most — and I always wear Nike mid-cut socks!

Do you plan to continue competing in rugby in the future?
That’s my goal. I possibly want to make it to the Olympics. I don’t want college to be my stopping point for rugby.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
You have to really focus on academics. That’s a huge part of it. There’s also motivation to do homework, because if you don’t, you’ll let your teammates down.

Have you received any awards while playing rugby?
I was the MVP of my high school team.

Is there a person or quote that inspires you?
[Rugby team President] Brandon Marsh inspires me, and Manu Tuilagi, who’s the inside center for England. He’s a monster.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m big into waterfowl hunting. I also hang out with Will [Nordahl] a lot.

What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
My favorite class is English 101. My teacher is crazy and makes the class interesting. It’s fun to go!

What would you like to tell students/readers about MSU rugby?
We have practice Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Kagy Fields. Come out and try it! It doesn’t get any more badass than being a rugby player.