Football players at Dickinson State put in many hours of work on the football field, but they are also in the classroom planning for life after college.
Devin Schwanz always had plans to play on the outside of an offensive line.
“I played guard in high school, but I always liked tackle, because I’m a bigger guy,” Schwanz said.
But Schwanz knows firsthand that plans can change, because as soon as he got to DSU, he moved inside.
“First time playing center was coming into college,” Schwanz said. “Never had any experience before. It was just kind of a depth issue. That’s where we needed help. Whatever was going to get me on the field fastest was what I was willing to do.”
That wasn’t the only time his plans changed. Before even entering Dickinson State, he wanted to be an engineer.
“They didn’t have that here,” Schwanz said. “But I took a tour and and I liked the school so I wanted to come here.”
So he ventured into Business Administration, and his love of numbers led him to a different career path.
“I had a professor that was like, ‘Hey, you’re doing pretty good. You should think about accounting,’ and pushed me towards that. And then I got into those classes and did pretty well,” Schwanz said.
Fast forward to now. He’s the Blue Hawks’ starting left tackle and enjoying a long internship at an accounting firm. He’s even getting some good accounting practice in with his teammates.
“I’ve helped a few,” Schwanz said. “They have questions sometimes and yeah, I’ll help out. I’ve done my parents’ taxes and stuff.”
So while his initial career plan didn’t pan out, Schwanz couldn’t be happier now.
“I’m graduating in the spring next year, and I’m going to be a CPA after that,” Schwanz said.
The Blue Hawks are coming off a one-point loss at Waldorf. This Saturday, they are at home against Mayville State.