A story in today’s Lawrence Journal-World indicated that former Hesston High standout Ryan Schadler is making a huge impression on the Jayhawks’ football coaching staff.
After graduating from Hesston in 2014 where he starred in three sports, the 5-11 and 185-pound Schadler attended Wichita State to compete in track. But that didn’t work out and he surfaced at KU.
The Jayhawks, who are threadbare at running back, will certainly find some carries for Schadler, who once ran for 525 yards and scored eight touchdowns in a game for the Swathers.
“I tell you what,” KU running backs coach Reggie Mitchell told The Journal-World, “when he has the ball in his hands, he has a burst. And it’s a different burst than other guys. There’s some guys that are 4.3 (-second 40-yard dash speed) that play like they’re 4.7, and there are some guys that are 4.7 that play like they’re 4.3, and he plays really, really fast.”
Schadler also is impressing the staff with his hard-nosed style.
“He’s a lot stronger than you think,” Mitchell told The Journal-World. “He’s one of the stronger guys on the team, so he can run in between the tackles.”
It hasn’t taken Schadler, a 2014 Shrine Bowl participant, long to make an impression on his teammates.
“Ryan’s a smart kid and he’s a really hard worker,” fellow KU running back Taylor Cox said. “He does what’s asked of him, and he’s picking up the offense really well.”
According to The Journal-World, Schadler also could be a factor on special teams as a return specialist.