Plenty of student athletes grind it out on the football field all four years of high school, but not many start at quarterback every year. Bruning-Davenport/Shickley's Ryan Tegtmeier is very familiar with his offense, one he has commanded almost all of his high school career.
Coach Mark Rotter said, "His sophomore, junior, and senior year, he's started every year. And freshman year, he started three fourths of the year, so he's been at it a long time. A lot of the other schools are probably ready for him to graduate."
Coach Rotter is not at all ready for Tegtmeier to graduate. He says Ryan has almost become a colleague.
"Well, he's very experienced," said Rotter. "In a lot of ways, it's like having another coach out on the field because he sees things, he's a very good leader, he can direct the offense and he's very good at creative type plays."
Tegtmeier, whose teammates refer to him as "Teg", does not like to talk about himself all that much, and when he is asked about his play, it always comes back to those teammates.
Tegtmeier said of himself, " [I'm] kind of a natural born leader, and I just fit the position alright. I can throw a little bit, and I'm starting to hurt teams with my legs the last couple years, and it helps when you have a great line and great receivers around you, it makes things a lot easier for me."
Ryan has talked with some colleges about his future, but they've been mainly interested in his play on the hardwood. So, does he have a preference?
"I don't know," said Tegtmeier. "I just like to play whatever season it is, I like to play. So, I'll play whatever."