Small safety packing a big punch

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Jake Rothschiller is a redshirt sophomore defensive back for the Lobos. He redshirted last year, but has been putting in the work this spring and fall to earn a safety spot in the upcoming season.

He is only five-foot-six and weighs 190 pounds, which is definitely not the average size of a D-1 football player. He has always been the shorter guy of the bunch, but he has never let that get in his way.

“I was always smaller than the rest honestly. My friends were always bigger than me. I have a twin brother and we go out and compete every day, not worried about the height. Just go out there and play football, and to our best ability, and don’t worry about the height. Just go out there and be the strongest, and most fundamentally sound guy out there and do our job,” said Rothschiller.

He hopes to earn a spot at safety for the Lobos, and he has put in the work. As he had a good showing in spring, and packed on 15 pounds coming into the fall. He is just happy to be playing football for the Lobos.

“They really believed that I could play football and didn’t care about my height, which most schools did, most schools passed over me. So they believed in me and they really did believe in me so that’s what I saw when I came here,” said Rothschiller.

The Lobos start their season at home against Mississippi Valley State, on September 5th at 6 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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