Chuck Landon: Schroeder Is Laughably Good

THERE are members of Marshall's athletic department who believe wide receiver Jason Schroeder will be the first player to leave football camp. What is his response? "I laugh at that," said the California native.

And, then, he did.

When the junior college transfer stopped laughing, he finished his reaction.

"I'm here for two years, man," said Schroeder. "No matter what. Whoever predicts that is dead wrong."

He does understand the basis of the prediction, however. Schroeder realizes that the fact he left San Jose State during camp, enrolled in classes at California and, then, left Cal for Marshall makes him appear flighty.

But does that mean he's still a fly-pattern-by-night operator?

No.

"The reason I left San Jose is I had a redshirt year and I didn't like it there," said Schroeder. "But even if I didn't like it here, I would have to stay. That's my dream. I have to fill my dream.

"But I do like it here. It's home for the next two years. No matter what. I can't keep transferring. If I leave now, I'm done. My career is over. This is my last stop. And I want it to be my last stop.

"I like everyone here."

And I believe everyone at Marshall is going to like Schroeder. What's not to like? Schroeder is 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, ran a 4.45 40 in a juco combine in California this summer, possesses excellent fundamentals and technique, has the speed of an outside receiver and the hands and size of a possession receiver.

Schroeder already has shown all those attributes in Marshall's preseason camp. When he catches punts he displays uncommon confidence in his hands, standing casually motionless much like Atlanta Braves centerfielder Andruw Jones under a flyball.

And his work ethic? Schroeder runs every play in practice as if it's a game.

He gave such great effort on one under-thrown ball, sliding feet first in a sitting position while plucking the football off the tip of the turf, MU receiver coach Dwayne Nunez actually applauded the catch.

No one ever has witnessed Nunez do that. So, his reaction speaks volumes.

Simply put, it says Schroeder is the total package.

"That's what I'm hoping will take me all the way one day," said Schroeder. "What happened is out there in California I happened to hookup with the right dudes that were just students of the game.

"My speed and technique, for a big receiver I'm really not supposed to have that. I was taught little receiver skills. But I think the strength of my game is my leaping ability.

"I can just take the ball away from anybody."

Sound confident? He is. Schroeder wouldn't have transferred all the way across the country to Marshall, otherwise.

"I heard about these dudes," he said. "The only thing that caused any hesitation was this is supposed to be the best receiving corps in the nation. But if you're good, you're going to play.

"You know what I'm saying?"

Yes, I do.

And Jason Schroeder is indeed good.


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