From the Bench to the Trench

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Evan Schaub snapping into action.

When you imagine an offensive linemen in football, you expect them to be as big, burly, and tough. However, what if there was someone, who took a different approach to the line and his mindset around the game? That’s Evan Schaub’s story, from the bench to the trench.

Evan Shaub is a varsity offensive lineman who starts for the North Penn Knights. Unlike most linemen who bulk up and feel the need to get bigger, Schaub was different, he envisioned something else.

“Going through my time in North Penn and North Penn Football in younger grades I learned that it’s a great thing to be big especially when it comes to the O-line but you want to be fast off the line. When it comes to games you need to be fast off the ball as well as being able to last the entire game especially when it comes down to the later parts of the game when the offense is more run-heavy,” said Schaub.

Schaub prioritized speed. He pictured the long game. He realized the need to be versatile and not stationary. For him to achieve this, he needed to lose. Over the course of his career, he cut his weight and he became not only faster, but stronger as well.

“When it came to nutrition I was on a 2,000 calorie diet. I ate nothing besides vegetables and high-source protein items. After countless hours of research, I found foods that are good for your body but will also fuel it the best,” Schaub said.

All of this is to prepare for the game. He dedicates his life to football. He attributes his self-discipline, learning, and listening, to his experience with football. Football has made him who he is. When asked about life outside of football, you can clearly still see the dedication to the game.

“Outside of school I like to continue to workout and heal my body with yoga, walks around my neighborhood, swimming, and other low-impact activities that will help my body recover,” Schaub said.

Behind every player, there is a team, and behind every team is a brotherhood. According to Schaub himself, there were highs and lows but he kept on working because of his drive and intense desire to never let his team down, to not be the reason they lose.

“My team is my brothers, we spend so much time in the off-season with one goal in mind and that is to get better individually and as a team. No matter who they are, what they look like, what their home life is, we are all brothers and we will all fight together to be better as a team and a group,” Schaub stated.

My team is my brothers, we spend so much time in the off-season with one goal in mind and that is to get better individually and as a team. No matter who they are, what they look like, what their home life is, we are all brothers and we will all fight together to be better as a team and a group.”

— Evan Schaub

Brothers, an apt way to describe his love for his teammates. An unbreakable bond forged through the difficulties and trials of the game. Schaub also gives love to his coaches praising them for the “success” of the team and more specifically, the efficiency of the team.

From an average viewer’s eye, they don’t imagine a team by its individual players, but rather how well they work together and what the end result produces. However, behind every number and position, there is a passion, drive, love, dedication, and story to the game.