Schlies plays on both sides of the ball for the Tigers, seeing time at tailback on offense and outside linebacker on defense.
Standing at 6’0, 200 pounds, Schlies has the size to play at either position at the next level, with time to still grow even more!
Known as the type of player that can assist in taking over games, Schlies earned some high praise from one of his coaches, Nick Olson.
“Austin is an extremely hard worker in the weight room and on the field,” Olson said. “He is the type of kid that plays 100 mph on every snap whether it is practice or not.”
Certainly great to hear from a coach that sees you daily!
That praise proves to be true, when you see the stats that Schlies put up! In just eight games played, he amassed 48 tackles, averaging 6 per game. He was also a force in the backfield, with his eye-popping 15 tackles for loss and 6 sacks on the year!
Talk about a nightmare for offensive coordinators!
In the 2018 season, Schlies ran the ball 119 times for 1,178 yards on the year, good enough for 9.9 yards per carry, while adding 19 touchdowns and 45 tackles!
“As a freshmen at our league’s JV level, Austin ran for over 1,100 yards in 7 games,”Olson said. “I expect him to have a huge impact running the ball this season at the varsity level. He was All-Region for us on the defensive side last year, so he will be an impact player on both sides for sure.”
Schlies felt that he and his teammates had a good enough season last fall to contend for a deep playoff run, but Covid-19 interrupted that.
“I feel that we had a really good season last fall,” Schlies said. “We were hoping to have a legitimate playoff run, but with Covid-19, we did not get that chance. We feel as though we could have contended for a state title.”
While Schlies has great size and has accomplished many things in his career, he knows that he has to do certain things to set himself apart from other players.
“I was fortunate enough to be recognized as an all-conference and all-region outside linebacker last year which is very cool.” Schlies said. “Heading in to my senior year, we are focused on competing for a state title. We have been to the third round of the playoffs a few times now in the last few years and we want to contend for a state championship.
“In order to do that, I know I have to give 100% on every play, and I do just that. I study our opponents every week, and I take all the coaching and information I am given each week and I use that to help me dominate games.”
Sounds like Schlies is the type of player that every coach looks for!
“Schlies is a special athlete,” Olson said. “I coached his brother, Tre (Knight), and while Tre was more of an explosive, agile and elusive offensive player, Austin more than makes up for it with his football IQ, strength and technique. These traits allow Austin to excel on both sides of the ball.”
Schlies is currently talking to several coaches at the D2 and D3 levels, and with another strong season like those that he has had already, we look for him to have many, many offers soon!