July 24, 2008

Schneider inherits leadership role

Even though offensive tackle Travis Schneider is entering his senior season, he's never been looked at as an experienced veteran. That's probably because Schneider was a backup tackle behind classmate Yemi Babalola and entrenched starter Corey Clark. The fact, however, is that Schneider started 16 games in 2006 and 2007 for the oft-injured Babalola, and now with he and Clark both gone from A&M Schneider is the role model at tackle.

But another thing is brand new to Schneider as well. For the past four years, a number of offensive linemen from Clark to Cody Wallace to Kirk Elder have been looked up to as leaders along the line. Schneider was there to listen and to play his role. Now all of a sudden Schneider is the leader that the other linemen, which just happens to be a very young group, are looking to for guidance.

"Now I'm the old dog and I'm 22 years old. I feel like a grandpa in the locker room. My role definitely has changed a lot. I am looked upon as a leader and I try to fulfill my role just to lead these guys," Schneider said. "These guys don't have starting experience. They have played but it's been at the end of games when we're beating people by a lot and stuff like that. They're looking towards me to do the right thing. I'm not a big rah-rah guy. I just go out there and do what the coaches tell me to do and do it to the best of my ability."

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