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Kegan Schumann | Baker University | DB

 


Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose Baker University?

I chose Baker due to my father playing football at Baker University, the recruiting process was fairly simple. I was given a scholarship shortly after showing interest in the school.

2018 All-American LB

2017/2018 2x First Team All-Conference LB

2018 recorded 121 tackles, 23 TFL’s, 4 Forced Fumbles, 2 Sacks, 2 INT’s

10th in nation in tackles (all positions)

3rd in nation in TFL’s (all positions)

Career Record of 44-9

Played in 9 Playoff Games (Including a National Championship)

2015 finished 5th in nation

2016 finished 2nd in nation (National Champion Runner Up)

2017 finished 12th in nation

2018 finished 8th in nation

 

Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?

A: Finishing my collegiate career with an All-American status and recording 23 TFL’s in one season. This was third to only two D-lineman.

When I was active in undergraduate school, I was active in charity work through a group in spending time with elementary kids to help push them to get a better education. I am currently in a managerial position that oversees a group of college athletes to keep them on track in school and keeping them accountable for the sport that they are a part of.

~ Kegan Schumann

Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Baker University?

A: The ability to grow in formation recognition/ formation changes, and to narrow down run/pass calls within those formations. (Baker University)

 

Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?

A: I did not play during the 2020 season. I am currently a Grad-Assistant finishing my master’s degree and helping coach Inside Linebackers. It was rough putting together a week-by-week game plan and staying on pace during a week’s practice towards one team. The ability to overcome adversity is a life skill that I believe I possess. Not knowing who or when you will play, while trying to keep players focused, can be tough for a coach to overcome. I believe that this challenge has helped me to realize how important it is to be able to adapt and stay focused no matter what is being thrown at me.

 

Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?

A: I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I am currently 4 months from finishing my Master’s degree in Business Administration. I am a well-rounded student. I feel this shows my ability to not just learn, but to be out of my element and still have the capability to learn and produce. My plans are to use my education and ability to create relationships with the people around me to enter the working force if football does not work out. 

 

Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?

A: From my teammates and piers, I was voted 2x player of the year, 2x MVP of season, 18x MVP of game, 12x impact player of game, and 12x special teams player of game. I also hold player of the week voted by NAIA, and Player of game in playoffs voted by NAIA. Outside of these accomplishments, I think my teammates would say that I am a leader by example.

 

Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?

A: I Had to lay out for a pick to win a game against Grandview University, one of the top teams in the nation at the time.

 

Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?

A: I was a 6ft 206 inside linebacker playing against 300+ lineman. The ability to adapt my game with more finesse and speed rather than just strength was a challenge. I stayed true to coaching and my abilities and it helped me become one of the top linebackers in the nation.

 

Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?

A: Kam Chancellor, he is a hybrid safety that could play both in the box and cover routes. Watching him play ball you can tell the way he respects all aspects of the game of football. I feel like I am smaller framed player that has no problem playing inside with the big boys. His nick name was “bam bam kam” for the hard hits. I love contact and molded my game to dish out some of those hits like him.

 

Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?

A: I am a player that shows up every day ready to work and ready to learn. I believe that my football skills, ability to grow, and leadership personality are all assets that will reward any organization willing to take a chance on me. I have played numerous positions including all aspects of the special teams part of the game. I feel this makes me versatile and shows my ability to be placed where most needed.

 

Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?

A: When I was active in undergraduate school, I was active in charity work through a group in spending time with elementary kids to help push them to get a better education. I am currently in a managerial position that oversees a group of college athletes to keep them on track in school and keeping them accountable for the sport that they are apart of.

When I was active in undergraduate school, I was active in charity work through a group in spending time with elementary kids to help push them to get a better education. I am currently in a managerial position that oversees a group of college athletes to keep them on track in school and keeping them accountable for the sport that they are a part of.

 

Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?

A: I have been training for over a year with Tanner Purdum. He played in the NFL for 10 years and knows what it takes to not only get to the NFL from a small school, but to stay there and produce for a team. Alongside his weight training and food regiment, I have been actively training in all drills and combine tests (through band resistant and assistant work). I have maximized the resources that are available to me.

 

Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?

A: My ultimate achievement is continuing to push myself educationally. Knowledge is power in today’s society. Acquiring a master’s degree is a huge step into finding my home in molding minds to do better than just being average. I want to be apart of helping people push themselves to not just make change but make change for the betterment of the people around them. Whether it be football or a different career path, my ultimate goal is to maximize my value to whatever organization that I join.

 

Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?

A: I am huge into the outdoors. I love to hunt/fish and my dad has a small farm that I enjoy helping on during my free time.

 

Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?

A: To help young individuals that struggle with school. In areas such as bullying or are lacking in getting the attention they need to succeed in school. Knowledge/ growth in a person is power, no one can take away the knowledge you gain. You need to be educated to make changes in the world.

 

Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?

A: Aside from unconditional support and love from my parents, my grandfather was a high school football coach for over 25 years. He influenced countless minds for the better. Diagnosed with prostate cancer and given a year or two to live. Fought it for over five years, did everything he had too to give his family as much time as possible. Through all the aches and constant pains right to the end never complained once. I figure nothing in life can ever be that hard if you do it for the right reasons.

 

Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?

A: I got a killer jump shot!!

 

Q: What is your dream job?

A: To own a facility that helps all ranges of athletes from beginners to professionals’ rehab and prehab in a safe respectable establishment. Facility connected to state-of-the-art equipment that is built to the needs of the persons specific problems rather than just a general set of equipment. Facility is also equipped with qualified well-rounded individuals to get all ranges of the point of view to best fit the injured person.