I am going to take the opportunity to talk about Jasper's two D1 candidates and their team which returns 8 starters on both sides of the football. Coach Ahrens has loaded up Austin and Tyler Jenkins (6' 5" 238 lbs.) and they have hit the camp circuit during the summer. The trio has traveled to Indiana University for a two day camp, Ball State, Purdue and Iowa. It makes sense that Austin Ahrens, the quarterback (6' 2" 205 lbs), would be traveling with his offensive lineman, Tyler Jenkins.
As Coach Ahrens and I talked, I explained that Austin is a part of that "glut" of Indiana quarterbacks. One of these quarterbacks is going to have to burst out of the pack and decide to have an extraordinary season. It seriously could be Austin Ahrens. He has had solid camps and loved Iowa. He spent two days under the watchful eyes of Indiana's staff. He really enjoyed the Purdue camp and, most importantly, learned something at each camp. After all, nothing would please the Jasper Wildcats more than to win one more game in the playoffs than they did in 2008.
Tyler Jenkins goes both ways as a lineman on the Wildcats' team. He was an all-conference defensive lineman. Jenkins has the size that colleges want and what is just as important, he has the frame to add muscle and strength and not lose any quickness. The added bonus is that Tyler Jenkins is also a long snapper. Jenkins, also an excellent student, is looking for the right fit academically, as he has the desire to be an engineer.
Jasper lost last year in the regional to a strong Columbus East team. This year they hope to go deeper and further in the IHSAA playoffs. Other players Jasper will be counting on in 2009 on the offensive side of the ball are leading rusher, senior Jacob Bawel (5' 10", 205 lbs); Scott Wendholt (6' 1", 170lbs); Adam Knies (6' 6", 225 lbs); Tyler Krempp (6'1", 170 lbs); Spencer Fuhs (6'1", 170lbs); and junior wide receiver Casey Nelson (6'0", 170 lbs).
On the defensive side of the Wildcat ledger, returning starters Adams Knies and senior Max Bingle (5' 10", 180 lbs); at the defensive ends, Schmitt joins Jenkins at tackle. Juniors Otto and Blake Blessinger (6' 0", 175 lbs) line up at the linebacker positions. Specialists Scott Wendholt was the All-Conference punter, and junior Nalon Bell (6' 0", 165 lbs) is the all –conference place kicker.