Last season, the Eldorado Eagles of Albuquerque, New Mexico came just a few downs short of winning the 5A state football title. With a solid nucleus of key returnees including quarterback Armin Day, running back Gary Maestas and lineman Willie Pounds, the Eagles will be solid again, but to repeat last year's success, multiple players will need to step up. One player that looks poised to fill the void is safety/ wide receiver Nick Schnedar. Last season, the 5-11 160 pound Schnedar played safety for the Eagles and saw his role increase as Eldorado made their playoff run. This experience will serve Schnedar well as he takes over in the both the secondary and as a receiver. Three of Eldorado's top pass catchers, Ross Williams, Jami Abdullah and Orrin Sears, each an All-League selection, were lost to graduation.
To get comfortable with his new job as go to receiver, Schnedar is working on a consistent basis with Eldorado quarterback Armin Day. Regarding playing with Day, an All-League QB, Schnedar says, "I like it a lot. Armin puts the ball where it needs to be." Schnedar feels one of the strengths of his game is sure hands. Regarding weaknesses, Schnedar, who runs a 4.7 forty, feels he needs to work on his quickness.
Along with himself, Schnedar points out Marcus Dunning, Bobby Blackstone and Tyler McCulloch as Eldorado skill players to keep an eye on. If this group can merge with Day and Maestas and the offensive line comes together, watch out once again for Eldorado.