Football: Goodhue's Schumacher making a different impact
GOODHUE – Tyler Schumacher is used to doing a little bit of everything on the football field.
In his sophomore and juniors seasons, Schumacher, now a senior on the Wildcats’ football team, started at quarterback to mixed results.
Already a starter in the secondary on defense, Schumacher shifted over to wide receiver periodically during his junior season. And in his final go-around in Goodhue, he’ll make the move to receiver permanently, making way for junior Jacob Pasch to start under center.
Instead of dwelling on no longer being the quarterback, Schumacher has embraced the move to the outside.
“It’s kind of a different look, but I think it’s a good move,” Schumacher said. “Jake, I think he’s a great quarterback, and I like playing receiver. It’s fun.”
Goodhue head coach Tony Poncelet said that Pasch is a player that makes the team better by having the ball in his hands every play. But a quarterback is hard-pressed to succeed without the right weapons, and Poncelet believes Schumacher can provide an extra boost for an offense that was held to 15.1 points per game last fall.
“Playing Schumacher at wideout gives (Pasch) another weapon out there,” Poncelet said. “So far, (the quarterback switch) has been good, but we haven’t started a game this way yet. On paper, it looks really good.”
And it’s a move that the 6-foot-2 175-pound Schumacher is ready for. He was a quarterback who could make plays with his feet and, in the winter, Schumacher was an All-Hiawatha Valley League performer for the boys basketball team.
All summer, Schumacher has put in the work to make the transition work, participating in 7-on-7 passing camps, as well as getting some work in at a team camp at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
Having two seasons under center has also helped in the transition.
“It’s a little different, but going from quarterback, I at least know all the routes,” Schumacher said. “It’s not like I’m totally changing. There’s just a lot more running, I guess.”
Schumacher, one of the team’s four captains, was willing to move for the betterment of the team. And with him patrolling the outside, Poncelet expects big things in Schumacher’s final year.
“I just think overall, it’s best for the team. Tyler has embraced it and has excelled at wide receiver,” Poncelet said. “We think he’s going to have a great season.”
And that season will begin Aug. 22 at Wabasha-Kellogg for a Zero Week contest. After a tough 34-22 loss to the Falcons last year, it’s a game Schumacher is ready to get started in hopes of helping the Wildcats turn around after a 3-6 record in 2013.
“We definitely want payback from Wabasha after playing them last year. They kind of kicked our butts,” Schumacher said. “I think we’ll do better this year. We’ll be more prepared because we’ve faced all the teams, and moving to the new conference (the Southern Football Alliance Blue Division) kind of threw us off (last year).”