During the just completed Spring Quarter, Schnittker did both, locking up his role as the starting fullback and recording a perfect 4.00 in the classroom.
"I usually have my best quarters when I really have to manage my time," said the marketing major, who sports a nifty 3.8 GPA. "When you have to spend three of four hours on the practice field, you know every minute of your study time is important. So during the fall and spring, I know I really have to apply myself."
Schnittker, a native of Sandusky, Ohio, hopes to go into college coaching after his football career is over.
"I have always been interested in education, and coaching is an extension of that," he said. "I am fascinated by the mental part of the game.
"Coach (Jim) Tressel has been a very positive influence for me. I think he does things the right way and I try to learn by watching him. Without really knowing it, he has furthered my interest in the profession."
In addition to Schnittker, junior fullback Stan White Jr. (Baltimore, Md.) and sophomore flanker Anthony Gonzalez (Cleveland) also recorded 4.00s. As a team, Ohio State had 48 players with a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the spring.