Exclusive Q&A: Rookie TE Wade Betschart

Rookie TE Wade Betschart is fighting an uphill battle for a spot on the San Diego roster. With the help of a strong Wyoming contingent on the Bolts' roster, Betschart is ready to cowboy-up and make the climb. He catches up with SDBoltReport.com's Michael Kranzler to talk about familiar faces, areas for improvement and challenges that lie ahead.

Click here for the "Insiders Only" portion of this interview, where Betschart talks about wrestling with Nick Hardwick, using his strength to his advantage and playing H-back in Norv Turner's offense.

Michael Kranzler: What made you choose to sign with San Diego?

Wade Betschart: The big thing was that I talked to Clancy Barone, their tight ends coach, leading up to the draft. He seemed like a really good guy. He seemed like he was really honest with me, and he's an old Wyoming coach to boot. When you've got a chance to go with old Wyoming guys, you go with them. There's also three other guys from Wyoming on San Diego's roster, so that definitely played a part in it.

MK: San Diego seems to be a hub for Wyoming players, with former Cowboys Malcom Floyd, Billy Vinnedge and Casey Bramlet all currently on the Chargers roster. Do you think there's any specific reason for so many of your former teammates to all be congregated on this team?

WB: I don't really know. I think it's just a matter of fate or luck or whatever you want to call it. Malcolm's been there for quite a while now, and me and Billy and Casey all got picked up at pretty much the same time, so I think it's just a matter of fate or luck.

MK: How much does it help to have a teammate in Billy Vinnedge going through the whole rookie process with you?

WB: It helps out a lot. We travel to and from San Diego together, and when you get there, obviously there aren't too many guys who we know really well, and to have one of your college teammates there, you have someone to talk to about what's going on. You can remind them and they can help remind you that "Oh, we've got a meeting at this time" or "Oh, we've got to do this and get this done." Just having a familiar face is the main thing.

MK: Have any of the veterans started to mentor you on the field?

WB: Like I said, with the Wyoming connection, I was talking to Casey and Malcolm, and both of those guys have had really positive things to say to me. They just tell me to work hard, because if you give it your all you've got a good chance to make it. Everybody is here for a reason and that reason is because you can play.

MK: What are your biggest strengths?

WB: I would definitely say my blocking ability. If it wasn't because of my blocking ability, coming from a smaller school like Wyoming and getting a limited number of balls thrown in the air, obviously that's not what caught people's eyes. So I would have to say its probably my blocking ability.

MK: What do you need to improve upon the most in order to make this roster?

WB: I think the big thing right now for me is just to pick up the offense fast. It's a whole new system, a whole new terminology. Even things that are similar to what I've done before, motions are called different things or formations are called different things. At this point, I'm getting tripped up with that, not knowing where to line up or what my assignment is. The big thing is that I need to pick that up fast so that when training camp comes around, I can compete for a job.

Click here for the "Insiders Only" portion of this interview, where Betschart talks about wrestling with Nick Hardwick, using his strength to his advantage and playing H-back in Norv Turner's offense.


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