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Player Interview: ILB Logan Schultz

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Player Interview: ILB Logan Schultz

Logan Schultz is a collegiate football player from Northwood University in Saginaw, Michigan, and he believes he has what it takes to play professional football. So, he has begun taking the necessary measures to allow his talent to be seen by pro scouts.

If you were to take a survey and ask people what their dream job would be, I would bet that a lot of people would say being a professional athlete is a pretty good gig.  The problem is, playing professional sports at any level is extremely difficult.  However, even if you are physically capable, the road to the top can be extremely difficult.

The Workout

Schultz’s numbers would suggest that he, unlike most, has a pretty strong case for the pros.  Schultz attended the March 4th NFL Regional Combine in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where he worked out as an Inside Linebacker.  During his time at Northwood, Schultz was a member of the defensive line, but like NFL personnel, I believe that his combination of size and athleticism is best-suited at linebacker.

As previously mentioned, hiw work out numbers were impressive:

40 yard dash: 4.55 seconds

Shuttle: 4.11 seconds

Broad Jump: 10′ 4”

Vertical Jump: 35″

Schultz’s agent, Brad Berkowitz went on to say that the linebackers numbers were “outstanding and would put him at the top of the list, had he participated in the NFL Combine in Indy in several categories.”  Berkowitz wasn’t lying.

Schultz’s 40 yard dash time would place him behind only Jabrill Peppers (Michigan, 4.66s).  His 20 yard shuttle time would have been best-in-class, and both his vertical and broad jumps would have been very competitive with college football’s top talent.  Athleticism is not the question.

When I had the opportunity to talk with Logan, I asked him about what aspects of his game he wanted to work on to maximize his athletic ability on the football field.

The biggest thing I’ve been focusing on recently is footwork speed and balance, and running through drill defensive back drills.  The mindset behind it is if I can mimic the movement of the fastest players in the game but have the size and strength of a linebacker, I should be in extremely good shape.


The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) has had a lot of success in the NFL.  Brandon Carr, Jared Veldheer, and Chris Ivory are some of the more well-known players to come out of Division II conference.

The GLIAC players have been hard workers and tough physical players, which translates well to the NFL game. So a player like Schultz, who enjoys playing a physical game both on defense and special teams should fit that mold.

The Grind

To join that group, Schultz will have to work extremely hard, just as they did.  He says he has no plans to slow down, and will continue to workout and improve his game.

I still have plans to continue with my workout schedule.  I’m going to work as hard as I can, and not sweat the things that are out of my control.

While some things may be out of his control, his workout is not, and that is one of Schultz’s finest traits.

As a walk on, Schultz began his collegiate career at 199 pounds. Coaches were quick to say he would have difficulty finding the field at that size, so he knew he had to improve.  The workout numbers alone should show the improvements he has made over the course of his time at Northwood.  His workouts caught the eyes of NFL scouts in Minnesota, who praised his ability to move and play a smooth game.