Jacks’ Jason Schneider Looking to Build on Big Year
When you have a two-time 2,000 yard rusher in your backfield, it would be easy to get one dimensional on offense.
But when your’re South Dakota State and you’ve got Austin Sumner throwing the ball to 6’5 Jason Schneider on the outside, you’ve got options. And for the last two seasons, you’ve had unprecedented success on the field.
After catching just 37 passes in his first two years combined, Schneider’s output jumped to 78 catches in 2013, as SDSU advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs for the second straight season.
His 1,088 yards through the air nearly doubled the next closest receiver on the Jackrabbit roster.
But now in his senior year, along with Sumner, and All-American running back Zach Zenner, Schneider knows this isn’t the time to press, even though this talented trio has just once season left in Brookings:
The 2013 Jackrabbits bucked a trend, when they followed up one playoff season with another, something no SDSU team had ever accomplished.
So now with back-to-back playoff seasons under their belts, where’s the balance between confidence and pressure for this team?
One of the big question marks about this year’s SDSU offense is the state of the offensive line, already short after graduation, and now hampered with injuries.
Schneider says that, given time, the new group of guys up front will find their way:
As for his final go round in college football, the Andover, Minnesota native says it’s all been a blur: