Gonzaga QB Chris Schultz looking at FCS opportunities
By Eric Detweiler,
A pro-style quarterback at 6-feet-3, 200 pounds, Gonzaga senior Chris Schultz didn’t quite fit in with his position group on the South team in Saturday’s Chesapeake Bowl. The all-star team, made up of seniors from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District, relied on an offense better suited for dual-threat quarterbacks Deion Stitt of Bayside (Va.) and Timothy Brady of St. Frances (Md.).
Nonetheless, Schultz left the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex after the South’s 38-13 loss more confident than ever in his ability to stack up with the area’s best. He didn’t see much action in the game but still appreciated several days of practice with a group that included seven All-Mets.
“I don’t really have the wheels that [the other South quarterbacks] do, but I think I’m a pretty accurate passer and I can read coverages to put the ball where it needs to be,” said Schultz, who completed 1 of 2 passes for one yard in the exhibition. “I think playing in the WCAC prepares you for stuff like this. It’s this fast pretty much week in and week out, and not just for all-star games.”
Schultz, who earned second-team WCAC honors in the fall, expects to play at a Football Championship Subdivision school next year. Earlier this month, the quarterback landed his first offer from Bryant and also has interest from Dayton, Sacred Heart and Marist.
In two seasons as the starter at Gonzaga, Schultz passed for 2,276 yards with 24 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, notably beating rival DeMatha three times in four starts. That included a win in the 2011 WCAC semifinals when he threw a two-point conversion pass to Brady Malone in overtime to beat the Stags, 28-27, and advance the Eagles to their first conference final in eight years.
In the Chesapeake Bowl, Schultz lofted a perfect deep ball on his first pass of the day. Ocean Lakes (Va.) wide receiver Andre Dessenberg had his hands on the ball but couldn’t bring it in. Later, the quarterback tossed a swing pass to St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes wide receiver Khaamal Whitaker for a short gain.
Schultz, who played alongside All-Met teammate Devin Butler (Notre Dame) for the final time on Saturday, plans to make visits to several colleges this month before making his decision about where he’ll play next year.
“I definitely want to get a quality education, preferably somewhere with a good business school,” Schultz said. “If I can help get a lot of school paid for and get a good education and play for a winning football team, then that sounds pretty good to me.”