If you haven’t gotten familiar with the name Karter Schult in the NFL draft process this season, you probably should. Schult has was named the FCS defensive player of the yield as he proved a nightmare to opposing team’s quarterbacks. Karter took the time to answer some questions below.
Scott Porter: You were invited to play in the Shrine Bowl, one of the top post season college All-Star games, what did that mean to you and what was the experience like?
Karter Schult: It was really a great honor to be chosen to be a part of the historic East/West Shrine game. It meant to me that I was one of the elite college football players from any division, and it was a chance for me to compete against a higher level of competition.
The week was great, full of amazing memories/experiences. From the hospital visit to the game it was an all-around great week for me. It gave me a chance to get exposure in front of many scouts and NFL teams in order to be evaluated. I feel very positive about what I did down here from a football aspect to prove that I can play with at a high level.
Scott Porter: You won the Buck Buchanan award this year (Top FCS Defensive player in the nation). What did winning that award mean to you?
Karter Schult: It meant a lot to me, my family, and representing my university. For me, it really validated all the work that I put in on a daily basis and was very satisfying to see the results of my hard work. When the award was announced I was speechless because it was very humbling. I know I take a lot of pride in it because I am the first one to do it from my university (UNI). My biggest fans and support system is my family and it was amazing to have them in attendance to see me receive it because they couldn’t have been happier for me.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest strengths on the field?
Karter Schult: I believe that I have a very high motor that doesn’t quit. I have a high football intelligence that helps quickly read/diagnose plays. I am very versatile, having played all the way from 2i to 9 to stand up OLB. Also, I believe I am very strong/powerful at the point of attack to help stop the run and rush the passer.
Scott Porter: Is there a particular scheme you see yourself striving in at the NFL level?
Karter Schult: I think because of my versatility that I could fit a 4-3 as a Defensive end or in a 3-4 as an OLB.
Scott Porter: What was your overall experience like at Northern Iowa?
Karter Schult: It was the best experience that I could have had at any college. I loved every second of it and it was a dream university to me. I grew up as a panther fan (living only 30 miles from campus) and it was the only place that I wanted to go.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Karter Schult?
Karter Schult: Any NFL would be getting a person who is loyal, trustworthy, well rounded, and hard working to no end. I am proud of what I have done off the field just as much as the things I have done on the field. Very genuine person, what you see is what you get.
Scott Porter: What goals do you have for yourself at the next level?
Karter Schult: I have very high goals/standards/expectations for myself. That being said, I first of all want my name to be called on draft day, but immediately after its back to work to make a 53 man roster. Most importantly for me, it is trying to improve myself little by little every single day.
Scott Porter: At what point in your life did you realize you could play in the NFL?
Karter Schult: Like many others, I have had this dream my entire life and I always knew that it was a possibility. When it really started to become a reality was probably my sophomore year in college when I was starting to be able to play at a high level and then slowly gained confidence from there. The game slowed down to the point I was producing in a dominant fashion and then I knew I could play at the highest level.
Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence throughout your collegiate career?
Karter Schult: My family (Mom, Dad, Brother) have always been the biggest people to impact me in my life because they are always there through everything with me, but while in college there was another who made the most significant difference in me as a player. My coach, Bryce Paup, helped shape me into the player and man I am today and I couldn’t have been here without him.
Scott Porter: What is something about Karter Schult that not a lot of people may know?
Karter Schult: During my summers at UNI, I would coach baseball at the high school that I went to. I would work out with the team in the morning and then travel to coach baseball in the afternoon. Other than football, baseball is huge passion of mine.