Trib HS Insider Q&A: Zach Schademan, Thomas Jefferson
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Zach Schademan had a breakout season in 2011 with 49 receptions for 807 yards and eight touchdowns. The thing is, because Thomas Jefferson is traditionally a run-first team with gaudy ground numbers, college coaches didn't really give the 5-foot-11, 170-pound receiver a second glance.
He proved last week that, despite the fact he's not a prototypical receiver, he can certainly get open as he pulled down five passes for 96 yards and two scores in a 41-6 rout of Ringgold.
Q: What are the expectations you had for yourself coming into the year?
A: My cousin, Johnny Schademan, I want to keep up with him. He caught eight touchdowns in his junior year (at Bethel Park), and I had eight touchdowns. I don't know what he did his senior year, but I want to keep up with him.
Q: How have you developed your game over the last couple of years in a run-oriented offense?
A: At practice, our coaches really know what they're talking about so I just listen to them, use the repetition and just get better every day.
Q: What did you think when you heard coach Bill Cherpak say your team was going to throw the ball more this year?
A: That was enjoyable for me because I like to catch the ball, and I like to make plays and do those things like all receivers do.
Q: What do you like better, making a catch for a touchdown or laying a hit on a receiver when you're playing defensive back?
A: That's a hard question. I guess I like receiver better, so I would say catch a touchdown.
Q: Considering your numbers are comparable to WPIAL Division I recruits, are you surprised you're not getting more looks or offers?
A: It doesn't bother me, but I'm just looking for something to come to me. I'd be happy with whatever I get as long as I like it and it's a good fit for me.
Q: What do you like to do when you're not playing football?
A: I like to cook. I like cooking lemon pepper chicken. It's one of my favorites.
Q: Is that something you want to pursue as a career?
A: No. My dad taught me how to cook, and I just kind of make up my own things.
Q: Do you have any particular pregame rituals?
A: A bunch of guys on the team go to Subway after school. I get the chicken teriyaki, go over to a friend's house, then go to the locker room and get ready.
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