Colin Schooler
No. 36 – Arlington Renegades
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1999-03-05) March 5, 1999 (age 25)
Dana Point, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Mission Viejo
College:Arizona (2017–2019)
Texas Tech (2020–2021)
Undrafted:2022
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • XFL champion (2023)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2021)
  • Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year (2017)

Colin Schooler (born March 5, 1999) is an American football linebacker for the Arlington Renegades of the United Football League (UFL). He went to Texas Tech University, where he played for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team after his tenure as an anchor on defense at the University of Arizona.

High school career

Schooler played the first year of high school football at Dana Hills High School and the second at Tesoro High School and Trabuco Hills High School before playing his final two years at Mission Viejo High School which is located in Mission Viejo, California. He was a two-way player, playing as a running back and wide receiver on offense and linebacker on defense. He also played basketball and track and field. As a senior on defense, he recorded 77 tackles and 10.0 sacks and rushed for 1,161 yards and gathered 464 receiving yards with 25 total touchdowns.

Schooler made All-County First Team Defense and was named Defensive Player of the Year for Orange County after the 2016 season.[1] He finished his senior year with 77 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 2 INT, 2 PBU, and a forced fumble. In his two varsity seasons at Mission Viejo, he compiled 198 tackles, 13.0 TFL, 9.5 sacks, 3 INT, 9 PBU, 6 forced fumbles, and 4 fumble recoveries.

He was a three-star recruit by 247sports. Schooler received offers from multiple top football programs including Arizona, Fresno State, UNLV, Nevada, and New Mexico. He committed to Arizona in 2016.

College career

Arizona

2017

Schooler finished 11th in the Pac-12, and second among freshmen with 88 tackles (7.3 per game), trailing only freshman teammate Tony Fields II (91 tackles/7.6 per game). Schooler added 13.5 tackles for loss, most among all FBS freshmen, 3.0 sacks and two interceptions (returned one 66 yards for a touchdown vs. Washington State). In nine Pac-12 games, he posted 81 tackles (9.0 per game) and all 13.5 tackles for loss. Schooler was named Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.[2]

Texas Tech

2020

Schooler announced on August 19 that he would be entering the transfer portal since the Pac 12 would not be playing football in the fall.

On October 24 against West Virginia, Schooler and fellow linebacker Jacob Morgenstern forced a fumble that defensive back Zech McPhearson returned 56 yards for a touchdown in the 34–27 victory.[3] On November 14 against Baylor, Schooler made a touchdown saving tackle on quarterback Charlie Brewer in the 4th quarter; Baylor would have to settle on a field goal to end the drive.[4] The goal line tackle on Brewer would prove to be a pivotal play as Texas Tech won 24–23. Schooler finished the game with 11 total tackles, one tackle for a loss, and a sack; for his efforts, Schooler was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.[5]

2021

On October 2, against West Virginia, Schooler finished the game with 15 tackles, one tackle short of his single-game record, and forced a fumble that was recovered by Devin Drew for Texas Tech. For his performance, Schooler was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.[6]

Statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP Solo Ast Total TFL Sack Int Yds Avg TD PD FR FF
2017 Arizona 13 68 28 96 13.5 4.0 2 119 59.5 1 1 0 2
2018 Arizona 12 72 47 119 21.5 3.5 2 83 41.5 0 4 1 1
2019 Arizona 12 64 34 98 11.0 1.5 0 0 0.0 0 2 2 0
2020 Texas Tech 9 41 22 63 5.0 3.5 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 2
2021 Texas Tech 13 71 35 106 7.5 2.0 1 11 11.0 0 5 1 3
Career 59 316 166 482 58.5 14.5 5 213 42.6 1 13 4 8

Professional career

The Arlington Renegades selected Schooler in the 11th round of the 2023 XFL Supplemental Draft on January 1, 2023.[7] He re-signed with the team on January 22, 2024.[8]

Personal

Schooler is the son of Tom and Christine Schooler. He has one brother, Brenden, and one sister. Schooler's father, Tom, played football at Eastern Michigan. Schooler's mother, Christine, played volleyball at Cal State LA. His brother, Brenden, former Oregon receiver, transferred to Texas prior to the 2020 season as a graduate transfer.[9] He is majoring in literacy, learning & leadership.

References

  1. ^ Albano, Dan (December 27, 2016). "Mission Viejo's Colin Schooler is the O.C. defensive player of the year". Orange County Register. Digital First Media. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Lev, Michael (July 26, 2018). "Arizona Wildcats LB Colin Schooler is already bigger, and he aims to be louder in 2018". Arizona Daily Star. Lee Enterprises. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Henry Colombi leads Texas Tech to first Big 12 win in his first start for Red Raiders". Dallas Morning News. October 24, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  4. ^ "Texas Tech's Colin Schooler Buries Baylor QB to Stop TD". KKAM. November 14, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "Texas Tech, West Virginia Pick Up Week 10 Awards". Big 12. November 16, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  6. ^ "OSU, UT and TTU Collect Week 5 Football Awards". Big 12 Conference. October 4, 2021. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  7. ^ "Supplemental Draft Picks 2023". XFL.com. Retrieved January 2, 2023.
  8. ^ "The UFL Agrees to Terms with 61 Players". UFLBoard.com. January 22, 2024. Retrieved January 23, 2024.
  9. ^ Moyle, Nick (October 20, 2020). "Grad Transfer WR Brenden Schooler 'thankful' to land at Texas after stressful summer". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved November 19, 2020.