Week 1 player profile - Co-Captain Trever Schirmer
#63 I Trever Schirmer
FOOTBALL PROFILE: The Basics
Year: Senior (Class of 2023)
Weight: 240 pounds
Experience/accomplishments: All-Big Southeast District honorable mention (2021), two-way starter at OT and DT (2021), Captain (2022)
2021 Stats: 15 tackles (8 solo), 3 PD
INTRODUCTION: 5 Quick Questions
Q: Why did you choose your number?
“As a sophomore I was pulled up to varsity and I got tossed 63 and I was like, ‘wow, this is (Zach) Wiese’s number. I told myself at that point that I was I am going to continue the tradition of the number for my junior and senior year.”
Q: What is your favorite uniform combination?
“I love black on black because every time we use those, it’s like we are attending a funeral. And it’s for the other team.”
Q: Do you have any family connection to the OHS football program?
“No, I’m pretty much the only person in my family that I know of to play football.”
Q: Are you involved in any other sports or activities?
“I played basketball all the way through my junior year but I don’t think I’ll be able to play this year because of my knee and just spending extra time getting ready for track. Otherwise throwing shot and disc in track. Hoping for a big year.”
Q: Memorable phase frequently used by one of your football coaches:
“Um, if I had to choose one, it would be ‘you can rest when you’re dead’ by coach Eggermont. Because every time I feel like I’m tired and I want to maybe quit, I just tell myself ‘rest when you’re dead.’ Life is hard, you got to keep going. It’s like, you can choose it to be hard by not working, or choose for it to be hard by pushing yourself to be better.’
INTERVIEW: Getting to Know TREVER SCHIRMER
Q: What was the process like in having to accept the injury and what is your role going to be within the program moving forward?
“Well, I was playing basketball landed on it and felt a pop. I looked over at my buddy Owen and told him ‘I just tore my ACL.’ I knew it right away. I just thought maybe I could walk it off. I told myself maybe it’s that bad. I got up, walked it off and just felt my knee shacking. It was very unstable. I then called coach Eggermont and got a meeting with (head trainer) TC (Carlyle) and went from there.”
Q: What was the next step after consulting with TC and then the doctors?
“I was kind of stressed. TC was saying it might just be a (torn) meniscus — and I was really hoping that’s all it was. When I got that MRI back (indicating) it was a torn ACL, it was really tough for me. More than anything, I was surprised because it was so easy to walk on and it sort of flabbergasted me that it was torn. It was right them that I realized I was going to miss out on my senior football season.”
Q: Have you had surgery yet and how has the recovery looking so far?
“Yeah, I had the surgery eight or nine weeks ago (in June). Recovery is going really fast. I am doing single-leg squats, things like that, and I should be good to go for track season.
Q: It’s obviously not going to be easy missing to miss out on playing, but how does it feel to be here today for stuff like picture day and be around your teammates?
“Honestly, being able to be with the team and having everybody be so supportive and open to learning has been a blessing. Because if I had to lose football completely for my senior season, I don’t even know what I would be doing right now.”
Q: What is your relationship going to be like with the players that ultimately fill your positions this season? How do you plan on navigating that relationship, because it’s a bit of a unique situation.
“I kind of look at my teammates and tell them: ‘If you ever need anything, come to me. I am here for you guys.’ I have gone through everything and I’ve had my gears grinded. I went through a lot mentally and physically to prepare for this season before the injury. I having been telling the younger guys that I can help coach then, and they have been willing to listen. I’ve given little pointers like Torrin Smith, for example, his kick-slide was a little off and we talked about changing the way his stance was and he’s looking great now. Very solid.”