Testament of a Lineman

With a 'no excuses' motto, Carl Sandburg offensive lineman Andrew Schofield has pushed himself all spring to be better than the competition. With a summer full of camps, Schofield hopes his tireless work ethic yields him a handful of scholarship offers.

CHICAGO – Like any true, tough lineman, Andrew Schofield doesn't like to make any excuses for what he feels is a ‘sub-par' performance.

Being his own toughest critic, however, Schofield's performance was far from average.

Working out with one best linemen units that the Scout.com Combine has put together, Schofield showed why he is one of the best up-and-coming linemen in the Midwest, as the 6-foot-4, 229-pound junior held his own against pass rushers twice his size and showed a quick first step that college coaches are starting to notice.

"I just like stepping up to the plate and hit people hard," Schofield told Badger Nation at Chicago's Scout.com Combine. "I like pancaking those guys on the defensive side. That makes the job fun, but I always think I can do better."

After playing guard during his freshman year at Carl Sandburg (Ill.), Schofield moved to offensive tackle, where he has played most of his career. Schofield's footwork and speed also had made him a candidate to move to the defensive line this year, a position that his older brother (who played on the same offensive line as Andrew) was a master at.

"That was pretty fun playing with him on the same line," Schofield said. "Once awhile he would switch to defense and we would practice against each other. We would go up against each other and it would get intense. He did beat me a little bit. He was way faster; probably the best defensive lineman we had on the team."

At the combine, Schofield turned in a 5.68 on the 40-yard dash, 5.36 on the short shuttle, 8.58 on the three-cone and a 7-1 on the broad jump; not terrible numbers for a lineman, but, combine with some minor things during one-on-one drills, Schofield remains his toughest critic.

"The real hard part is when linemen go inside of me. I don't know why, but I just can't block people inside right now," Schofield said. "I am not use to it because we would always do a drop step and I would cover outside. I also got bull rushed a couple of times today, so I've got to work on my strength, too."

Through the early parts of the spring, Schofield has been getting interest from Illinois, Indiana, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Wisconsin to name a few. With many schools sending him letters, Schofield has a busy summer camp schedule planned.

"I plan on going to the NIKE Combine at Illinois on June 6," Schofield said. "I like Illinois a lot right now. They've been real interested in me, so it will be good to get to their camp. I am planning on going to camps at Michigan, Indiana, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan. That's all I have planned right now.

"I went to go to as many camps as I can go to. Most schools tell me if I come to their camp, they'll offer me. I've like every school that has shown me interest. I am just waiting for that first offer to get me going."

Baring any problems, Schofield should see some results this summer.

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