501 Football Team 2023: Caleb Schultz – Bismarck

With back-to-back winning seasons, consecutive second-round playoff appearances and each of last season’s six victories coming via mercy rule, Bismarck has proven that its recent gridiron turnaround is no fluke. 

Led by senior linebacker Caleb Shultz and supported by talented skill players, the Lions plan to build on their momentum to make a deep postseason run this fall.

“I want to be remembered as someone who always worked hard and was coachable,” Schultz said. “My goals are to work hard and to help my team as much as possible. Our team wants to win a state championship this year. By working together, learning and playing like we are taught, we believe in our ability to win.”

“Caleb is a solid all-around player who is going to show up for you when called upon,” Bismarck head coach D.J. Keithley said. “As a great tackler in the open field and someone who is consistently where he needs to be to make a play, he is a great example on how to play the right way with your head and with sportsmanship.”

Looking to expand on last season’s success, Schultz’s versatility on the field opens the door for new possibilities for the team defensively this season.

“With Caleb’s growth in size and speed this offseason, I expect him to be our utility defensive player this season,” Keithley said. “In years past, he has played outside linebacker for us, but we believe he can help us out at safety and inside linebacker this season.”