Will Schnitzler is a Swiss Army knife. The kind with all sorts of tools and gadgets that can be used in a variety of circumstances. Like a Swiss Army knife, he is always at the ready, contributing in crucial situations. A multi-sport, multi-position player, Will has always done whatever his teams have asked of him. Now, he is getting rewarded for his efforts with a college scholarship. Will Schnitzler will be playing college football for the McKendree Bearcats. McKendree is a NCAA Division II school that plays in the GLVC Conference, along with Maryville, Missouri Baptist, and others.
Located about an hour away in Lebanon, Illinois, McKendree was an easy choice for Will. “As soon as I stepped on the campus I felt as if I’d been there before. It just felt like home.”
“Swiss Army knife” Schnitzler played a variety of positions for Coach Alex Rouggly’s Jefferson Blue Jays. He rarely left the field, playing running back and wide receiver on offense, cornerback on defense, and was a kick returner on special teams. The Bearcats are projecting him at outside Linebacker. To prepare for the position change, Will adds, “Right now, my coaches want me to live in the weight room. They just want me to stay active and keep lifting hard.”
Will hopes to channel his academic skills into a business career. “I plan to major in business management and one day own my own business.”
For now, there is plenty of time to look back and savor some of his team’s accomplishments. A lifetime of memories were made for Will and his teammates this past season during the Blue Jays’ magical playoff run. “One thing I learned was, that if everyone truly wants the same end goal, it can happen with no doubt . We all came together, and we made some incredible memories that I and the rest of my boys will never forget.” Deciding on a specific moment is difficult for Will. “I can’t quite put my finger on a specific memory because we made so many. One is definitely the final bus ride down to Lamar. That was a crazy experience nobody will forget.”
As he reflects on his high school career and the new opportunity that awaits him, Will is grateful for the support he has received. “I’d like to thank my mom, dad, and coaches for getting me to this spot. I also want to give a huge shoutout to both of my grandparents Yvonne Schnitzler, Joe Schnitzler, Sherry Gosnell, and Larry Gosnell. They have been some of my biggest supporters throughout my high school career and I can’t thank them enough. Thank you to else who helped me throughout my career.”
When Schnitzler isn’t in the classroom, weight room, or on the football field, you will probably find him near a body of water. “One of my biggest hobbies is fishing. If I ever have free time I’ll be out on a lake somewhere.”
As luck would have it for Will, there is a fishing lake within walking distance of campus.