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Jackson Duncan, Guest Writer

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Over 1 million people compete in High School football around the country. Out of that  number, only 28,000 (2.6%) get the rare opportunity to compete at the NCAA Division I level. At  Lipscomb Academy, there is a student that is representing that 2.6%, and not just at any random school.

Rutger Reitmaier, the 6’4, 275lb Senior, has signed a full­ride scholarship to the University of  Oregon to play defensive end for the Ducks elite Pac­12 football program. In Eugene, football  has been the school’s focus, and Rutger is joining a highly talented football program that ranks  top 25 (currently #22) in the nation. Familiar to most anyone in Tennessee, Marcus Mariota, a  graduate of the University of Oregon and Heisman Trophy winner, now competes in the NFL for  the Tennessee Titans. Like Mariota, Rutger has the possibility of playing on more than just  Friday’s and Saturday’s in the future. When talking to Rutger, he is very humble, but seems to  have some big plans for his future.

Q:    “When did you realize you wanted to play college football? A: “When I was 6”

Q: “When did colleges start recruiting you?”  A: “End of Sophomore year.”
Q: Why did you pick Oregon over other schools such as UTK, Louisville, Nebraska, Duke,  Georgia, Iowa, Georgia Tech, etc.?”  A: “Coaching staff and the facilities are awesome. There’s no place like Oregon.”
Q: “When do you expect to see playing time?”  A: “Hopefully by my Freshman year.”
Q: “What’s your favorite memory on the Lipscomb Football Team?”  A: “When we won in the Second Round of the playoffs against White House Heritage.”
Q: “What’s your plans for after college?”  A: “Hopefully NFL. I’d love to play for the Seattle Seahawks?”
Rutger, who wears the jersey number #73 for the Mustangs, has had an excellent High  School Football career and has no limit to what’s ahead of him. Oregon’s football program has  appeared in the College Football National Championship game twice in the past 5 years, and  Rutger looks forward to continuing that winning tradition. Rutger is excited about playing on  National TV and having over 60,000 people cheering him on in Autzen Stadium on Saturday’s
for the next 4 years. As for now, Rutger has the rest of the Mustang football season ahead of  him, and will savor each opportunity he gets to own the Friday Night Lights.

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