January 30, 2023

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Gridiron Football Diamond In The Rough: Sam Rensch

Sam Rensch is an athlete in the Class of 2022 for Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Rensch stands in at 6’6” and 200 lbs., making him an opposing teams’ nightmare to plan for. On offense Rensch plays running back and wide receiver where he terrorizes opposing defenses with his speed and unwillingness to be tackled. He is a threat in the passing game as he easily boxes out defenders and makes catches as if there is nobody even guarding him. On the defensive side of the ball Rensch plays a hybrid of Linebacker and Safety where he locks down opposing offenses. His ability to diagnose the offense and make plays on the ball is next level, combining this with his size and speed, Rensch seems to be able to stunt an offense on his own. His outstanding work on the football field is not all he has to show for himself as he is incredible in the classroom as well posting a 3.9 GPA! With limitless potential and another year of high school football ahead of him Sam Rensch should be a player on everyone’s radar.

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When did you start playing football and why? My dad got me into it, he played football in college, I started playing as soon as I could throw a ball.

Favorite moment of your career so far? Making it to state two years ago.

What current or past player do you think you play like the most? Randy Moss, he is a long and tall player and I’m similar to that.

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Do you play any sports outside of football, and what do you think you adds to your game? Basketball, it adds athleticism, it helps me grow and understand sports.

Do you have any pregame rituals? I throw my headphones on and listen to music to get in my zone.

Going into your Senior season, what are you looking forward to? The friendships, I’ve known these guys for forever and it’s our last season together.

Do you have a quote or anything that pushes you daily? “Taking care of business” – Elvis.

What do you think a college would get out of you as a player? I have a good work ethic and I learn very quick.

What motivates you to get up and train every day? Looking at other people get offers, I know that I could be just as good as them if I work hard enough.

What do you think makes you a good teammate? I’m a good communicator, I know how good my teammates can be, so I push them to their limit.

Who has pushed you most in your football journey? My dad, he is constantly on me to be working hard.

What do you think sets you apart from other athletes? I have a high IQ, so I know what to do and to do it.

What do you think the best part of your game is? My catching and running ability to get by defenders.

Would you consider yourself an elusive back, power back, or receiving back? Probably a receiving back.

Do you try to avoid contact or do you embrace it? Even though I look skinny, I love contact and I’ll knock people over if I have to.

Favorite play to run? An outside handoff.

What is your favorite skill move? A stiff arm or a jab step.

Do you like running up the middle or to the outsides? Outside runs.

Favorite part of playing running back? Since we are a running team, I get a lot of touches.

Would you consider yourself a possession, speed, or route running specialist? Route running, we run comeback a lot and I get open on that.

Do you prefer to be pressed by the DB or not? It depends, because if I’m running comebacks, I like them playing up so I can create separation.

Favorite route? Comeback route.

Inside or outside routes? Outside, because they are easier to get open.

Best catch you have made in game? I was playing running back, it was a play action, and I ran to the outside, he overthrew it, so I had to go up and get it.

What are you thinking pre snap? I look at how he is playing me then I plan out my route.

Favorite part of playing receiver? I just love catching the ball.

Are you a run stuffer, pass coverage, or hybrid LB/Safety? Pass coverage.

Would you consider yourself a big hitter or more conservative? On defense I think I’m more conservative but on offense it’s the opposite.

What are you thinking pre play at LB/Safety? I look at the offense, if they are looking in my direction, I know it’s coming my way and I prepare myself.

Favorite part of playing LB/Safety? Making the QB frustrated.

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