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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Mars' Josh Schultheis

| Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 9:39 p.m.
Mars senior Josh Schultheis is a standout running back and linebacker for the Planets.
Christopher Horner | Trib Total Media
Mars senior Josh Schultheis is a standout running back and linebacker for the Planets.

Even by Planetary standards, Mars senior running back Josh Schultheis creates quite the gravitational pull.

More often the not, wherever the 6-foot, 225-pound ball carrier goes, a gang of tacklers follows. And some end up hanging with — or rather, off of — Schultheis for longer than they'd prefer.

Responsible for at least 1,600 rushing yards each of the last two seasons, Schultheis enters his final year with plenty of eyes on him. Gone are most of the playmakers who helped Mars average a Class AAA-best 40.4 points per game as it split the Greater Allegheny Conference title and advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals. Schultheis, who rushed for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns on 214 carries as a junior, is quite simply the go-to bully with the ball.

Though he's yet to receive an offer, Schultheis has visited and met with the coaching staffs at Towson and New Hampshire.

Q: Considering the limited number of returning skill position starters for Mars, how much pressure is on you to keep the team where it's been the last couple of years?

A: I think, being a senior, there's definitely more pressure than last year. But I trust all the kids I've been playing with.

Q: Does it weigh on your mind that you haven't received a Division I offer?

A: No, I'm just going to let it happen. I'm not too worried about it. It'd be unfair to the rest of the team if I was just worrying about what I'm going to do. Whatever happens, happens. Obviously, it'd be nice to go to school on a scholarship for football, but I just take it day by day. Getting some kind of money for school would help. I'm definitely motivated to play in college.

Q: What's your take on the realigned Greater Allegheny Conference?

A: I think everyone is looking at Gateway like we can't let this team come in and just roll us over. Obviously, we're not just paying to attention to them. With any new teams coming in, we just want to give them a piece of who we are. We're not just going to let them walk in and take over.

Q: What's one thing most people wouldn't know about you?

A: I think that a lot of people think I'm a big, aggressive dude. But actually, I'm not. I'm pretty nice. A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, I thought you'd be kind of mean.' ”

Q: Coach Scott Heinauer said you're also almost a 4.0 student. Does that surprise most people?

A: Sometimes. It bothers me when people say football players are stupid. I like to tell people that when they ask my grade-point average. I'm like, “Yep, 3.8. I like school.”

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