Defending greatnessPublished 11:40am Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Not many athletes get to be part of a championship caliber team, let alone one that could repeat. Current NDSU football player and Fergus Falls alum Adam Schueller will get a chance to help the Bison win back-to-back FCS championship titles Saturday in Frisco, Texas at FC Dallas Stadium.
Schueller, a center for NDSU, has mostly contributed on special teams in his third season, but is excited to once again return to the big stage.
“The feeling is incredible,” Schueller said. “We set the goal to win our conference. If we were able to check that off the list, our next goal was to get back to Frisco. This team works extremely hard.”
The game will pit the Bison (13-1) against the Sam Houston State Bearkats (11-3), a rematch of last season’s title game. NDSU was able to defeat the Bearkats 17-6 to claim their first ever FCS title.
The Bison were able to edge Georgia Southern 23-20 on Dec. 14, while opponent Sam Houston nearly blew a 35 point half-time lead to defeat Eastern Washington 45-42.
The Bearkats are very athletic on both sides of the ball and the defense will look to test the Bison’s ground game and force quarterback Brock Jensen to play a solid game.
The Bison have only allowed two rushing touchdowns this season, but the athletic Timothy Flanders will force the talented NDSU defense to prove themselves in the game.
The game will look to be a 60 minute battle between the the two title contenders.
Now that school is on hiatus the spring, Schueller and his teammates have been hard at work preparing for FCS title game.
“The practice schedule now is that of an NFL player. We have all team meals, so we are up early for breakfast at 7:30-8:00 a.m. and I usually don’t go back to my apartment till about 5:30 or 6:00 in the evening.”
During that time, Schueller is in offensive meetings, lifts weights, watches film, practices and goes through walkthroughs.
After winning the title last season, the expectations for the players rose. Schueller explained that there really isn’t an ‘off’ season as the Bison have strength and conditioning four days a week throughout the year.
“I feel the expectations have rose quite a bit. Not just from coaches, but even us players now know what it takes to get to a national championship. in some off season work outs if some one isn’t ‘finishing a drill’ often times players will be the ones yelling instead of coaches.”
While not working on his Sports and Recreation major, Schueller enjoys riding his motorcycle and joking around with friends and teammates.
“Sometimes we joke around saying that all we want to do is sit and do nothing, because we are so busy all the time,” Schueller added.
Schueller appreciates the fan support he gets from not only Bison fans, but friends and family that come to the games or watch NDSU on television.
“If I could thank anyone it would be my parents first, Bill and Joyce for supporting me in all i do, coach Richard Risbrudt and his coaching staff. Also Pete and Josh Campion.”
Schueller and the Bison hope that the hard work and dedication they have put forth in the program will add a second championship to their trophy case as they take the field Saturday.