Almost too much stuff happened to Jake Schmidtin his freshman season on Yale’s football team.
Some was good, but unfortunately, some was bad.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way. Schmidt missed the tail end of the season after suffering a concussion during the fourth week of the season. That caused the Richmond alum to miss the rest of the season, also missing two weeks worth of schoolwork. To boot, Schmidt also had another surgery on his elbow after Yale’s 6-4 season, but right now his main priority is to get back on track in the classroom.
“Right now I’m trying to catch up from my concussion,” Schmidt said.
But hey, Schmidt’s freshman year at the Ivy League school hasn’t been all bad news.
While playing for Richmond, Schmidt could’ve been found lining up at tight end, and that was also the positional plan at Yale too. However, when a few lineman went down during camp, Schmidt moved to right tackle. It’s a little bit of a change, but since he originally played one of the most challenging positions on the field, the change to the offensive line comes a little easier.
“It’s nice coming from a field position where the footwork there was more advanced,” Schmidt said.
Over the offseason, Schmidt will continue to add more muscle, and he’s already packed on 25 pounds since arriving at campus.
It also doesn’t sound like Schmidt has any regrets of his college choice, even if the workload does keep him in the library until 1 a.m. on some nights during the season.
Even through the injuries Schmidt has found happiness at the Connecticut campus.
“The guys I’ve met so far (are great),” Schmidt said. “I really like my teammates. I’ve honestly felt like we are a family on this team.”
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