Washington D.C.--Jacob Schlotthauer arrived at Gallaudet from Oshkosh, Wisconsin in July 2008 with the same green eyes of any other freshmen as they labored through their first week of practice. Coaches encouraged the young
players to try and get adjusted to the speed of the college game quickly. Schlotthauer wanted to play; he just didn't know where he could best help the team. He began to work as a receiver where he showed good top end speed and decent hands. The first three games came and went with Jacob seeing minimal time on the field.
"It takes a lot to perseverance to get through the first year of college football. That is why at most places freshmen don't play, it takes time to adjust to the nuances of college life and college football." said Coach Ed Hottle
Seeing there was an abundance of talent at receiver for the ‘Buff N Blue' Schlotthauer moved to the backfield where he felt more comfortable. His first day of practice at running back was an eye opener to the coaching staff.
"We saw quickly that (Jacob) had all the intangibles of a good running back; forward lean, he set his blocks up well and he runs fearless," replied Hottle. "This is a player that understands how to be a college football player and he has a ‘whatever will help the team' attitude and it is contagious."
After that practice, he got his first carry as a running back against Becker College. His carry went for six yards as he showed a quick burst up the middle of the field. As he got more comfortable with his role in the offense his carries increased as he was the feature back in games against Southern Virginia University and Husson where he carried the ball 18 and 19 times respectively.
Schlotthauer's athleticism also saw him become the teams' primary kick return man in the final seven games, where he averaged 19.0 yards per kickoff return. If he continues to improve his role may increase significantly in 2009," said Hottle about his progression. "He's dedicated to being the best,"
Name: Jacob Schlotthauer
Position: Running back
Ht: 6'0 Wt: 185
Hometown: Oshkosh, WI