KU walk-on RB Ryan Schadler quickly impresses
A little more than four months ago, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty posted a message to Twitter about unknown walk-on Ryan Schadler.
The Tweet, sent out near the end of Beaty’s first session of spring practices with the Jayhawks, simply read, “Ryan Schadler keeps showing up! I like it!”
Now we know why.
Schadler, a red-shirt freshman who started his college career as a sprinter at Wichita State, opened the spring as a wide receiver and was moved to running back when he showed an ability to make plays in traffic and break long runs after slipping past it.
“I tell you what,” began KU running-backs coach Reggie Mitchell, “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.”
At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Schadler doesn’t impress when he’s standing in the locker room. On the field, it’s a different story.
(h/t Lawrence-Journal World)