Playing the role of Gilbert’s do-it-all quarterback and all-state linebacker came with pain and punishment for Jared Gescheidler.
He fractured his ankle during the final game of his junior season and suffered a micro-tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
Buthad never dealt with something serious enough to sideline him for an extended period until last fall when two Ballard defensive backs sandwiched him and his left knee buckled.
“It was an instant pain, but it wasn’t terrible,” he said. “I knew it wasn’t good. I had had little nicks and tweaks, but I definitely knew it wasn’t just a tweak of the knee.”
An MRI revealed the newsfeared: A torn anterior cruciate ligament. His senior season — and last chance to showcase his skills for college recruiters — ended in the fourth game.
A few small schools continued to express interest, but the phone calls from FCS programs like North Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Western Illinois stopped.
“I don’t know if it was because of the injury,”said, “but I lost contact with them.”
Ultimately,picked up his phone and dialed the Iowa State football offices. He expressed his desire to walk on with the Cyclones and they offered him a preferred invitation to preseason camp as a linebacker.
focused on upper-body strength during the four months after his surgery. He bench pressed nearly 260 pounds before the knee injury and pushed that number up to 315.
Doctors cleared him last week, which means the 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker will be ready for full contact when the Cyclones begin preseason camp.
“Iowa State was my dream,” he said. “Coming here, I know I’m going to be the best I can be. If the best I can be earns me a scholarship, then I do it. If not, at least I tried.”