Chris Schleuger (#59) is an offensive lineman for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Schleuger attended West Hancock High School in Wesley, Iowa. In high school, Schleuger was a running back and accumulated 5,452 total career rushing yards which ranked 15th best in Iowa high school football history. Schleuger also helped his team into the second round of IHSAA Class A playoffs.
Schleuger started his collegiate football career at Iowa Western Community College in 2014. Here, Schleuger earned National Junior College Athletic Association Honors. He was also a part of the team that went 11-1 and played in the NJCAA national championship game. In 2015, Scheuger transferred to Northern Iowa University. Schleuger played left tackle in all 14 games and started in 8 of them. Here Schleuger was a part of an offensive line that produced two 1,000 yard rushers. In 2016, Schleuger made UAB his new home. Schleuger explains, “transferring down here was a big time move for me from going from a consistently winning program of UNI to a program that went to one bowl game and got shut down and was reborn was a shot in the dark.”
Schleuger believes his toughest match up wasn’t necessarily a specific team but bouncing back from a loss. This loss came against Ball State which was UAB’s first away game. As a reborn program the team didn’t know how to respond to the 51-31 loss. A week of practices filled with correcting the little things allowed UAB to bounce back and beat Coastal by three points. However, UAB fell short during their second away game against North Texas losing 46-43. In the wake of this loss, UAB went on to a have a winning streak. When asked to reflect on this Schleuger explains, “we went on a win streak because we were coming together and playing for each other not just ourselves.”
As his collegiate career has come to an end, Schleuger is hoping to take the leap into the next level. He is currently working on improving himself as a player for the upcoming Pro Day. When asked on what he plans on focusing on, Schleuger said, “the thing I’m focusing on personally is to get my strength and explosiveness up to where I will impress scouts on all the drills they put me through along with having great snaps with no bad snaps.” Schleuger is an excellent blocker when it comes to both the pass and rush game. Schleuger has fast hands and is able to plant his feet to keep a block. Schleuger is able to create gaps during the run and apply protection durig the passing game, with those characteristics Schleuger should hear his name called come April.