“Reporter: Awful lotta hoopla for such a little horse.
Red Pollard: Though he be but little, he is fierce.
Reporter: What’s that?
Red Pollard: That’s Shakespeare, boys, Shakespeare.”
Quazavion Jackson was listed as 6’0”, 250 pounds. Most observers will agree that the New Madrid County running back was probably pushing 270 pounds or more. With a District Championship on the line, the All-State running back broke around the left side, ready for a big gain. Standing in his way to glory was 5’8”, 175-pound Dylan Schnitzler. The best that most could hope for in this situation would be to grab onto Jackson and hold on until help arrived. Instead, the Jefferson Blue Jay got low, squared his shoulders and smacked into the big man’s legs. The running back bowled him over in a ferocious collision, but Schnitzler held on, and down the big man went. This is the type of athlete Dylan Schnitzler is, and he’s been fighting the odds ever since he was old enough to play.
If you know anything about teenagers, you’ve witnessed their ability to nap at any time and place. Jefferson Blue Jay Dylan Schnitzler was enjoying such a slumber, no doubt dreaming about the past football season. One thing the senior was not dreaming about, was being able to lace up his football cleats once again. Only a phone call from his excited Head Coach, Alex Rouggly, could roust him from his dreams…and provide him with a new one.
Unbeknownst to Dylan, his prowess on the field and in the classroom attracted the attention of the Southeast Missouri RedHawks coaching staff. As many have done in the young man’s life, they are willing to bet on him, regardless of size. Dylan had already dismissed the idea of playing college football. He didn’t think anyone would give him an opportunity, let alone a Division I program. “I had been looking at SEMO, Missouri State, McKendree, Lindenwood, Mizzou, Missouri S&T, and Jeffco, but all for academics. I plan to get my bachelor’s degree in business management then go on to get my MBA. I’m not entirely sure where I want to work after I graduate, but I plan on working my way up some company. I didn’t think anyone would give me a shot to play football”
The RedHawks will most likely redshirt Dylan, which will give him more time to bulk up while pursuing his academics. “SEMO has a five-year MBA program, so redshirting will be an ideal situation for me on the field and in the classroom.” As of now, his college coaches project him to contribute at running back and on special teams.
One accomplishment Dylan hopes to keep dreaming about is the Blue Jay’s first-ever District Championship, which they achieved last season. “Winning that title is my favorite memory because it has never been done in our schools’ history. To grow up with all my friends and win it with them means so much. He is also grateful to everyone who has helped to get him to this point. “I have to thank all of my family, coaches, and friends, but the one person who really pushed me to be successful was my dad. We woke up early every day over the summer to work out for football season. It even led into the school year. In fact we still do now! My dad has put me through so much, but it was all worth it once I signed to SEMO. I now know why he’s pushed me so hard my entire life and I can’t thank him enough for that.”
When Dylan isn’t playing sports or studying he, “enjoys hanging out with my friends and family. I also like the outdoors. Fishing is one of my favorite things to do when it is warm.”
Dylan Schnitzler has defied the odds most of his high school career. In accomplishing his goals, he has gained some wisdom that we can all apply to our daily lives. “The most important lesson I have learned is that you have to go out and earn it. You can just sit back and expect something to get done. You have to go do it and do it with max effort. I’ve never seen a reason to not try my hardest, because what’s the point then?
We agree Dylan, and your words are no less important than any Shakespeare quote.