Oct. 27, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Konrad Reuland enters his third season in Stanford's program, after transferring from Notre Dame, and has proven himself as a pass-catching threat and a superb blocker. In 2009, he averaged 23.7 yards on his six catches, the highest among all Stanford receivers. He started three times as part of a rotation that included Jim Dray and Coby Fleener, and was named Academic All-Pac-10. He also carries a cumulative GPA of 3.48.
Tight end continues to be one of the strongest positions on the team with Reuland joining Fleener and Zach Ertz, as well as top recruit David Dudchock. Reuland was one of 32 players named to the initial watch list for the John Mackey Award, emblematic of the nation's best tight end.
Through seven games this season, Konrad has caught 12 passes for 138 yards (11.5) and one touchdown in Stanford's thrilling win over USC.
GoStanford.com recently caught up with Konrad to get his thoughts on his Stanford experience.
Konrad Reuland on...
Being successful in athletics and academics:
"Time management is the biggest thing. Almost every kid when he first gets here as a freshman doesn't have the time management skills. But it's sink or swim. You quickly pick that up. We have less time than the average student to get our work done, so we've just got to find a way to get it done."
On how his major of communication fits into his future:
"The goal is to play as long as possible, but there are a few things I'm thinking about after football. I'm interested in sports broadcasting, which would really help with my communications major. I'm also interested real estate, and I interned at a medical device company, doing medical sales. I have a few options, including business school if I want to go that route. Just keeping my options wide open."
Which of your classes has stood out the most:
"One year I was part of a group that worked on the steering wheel design for the `autonomous car,' which is a car that drives itself. I got to ride in it -- pretty cool stuff. You get in the passenger seat and punch in where you want to go and it takes you. I got to drive it around campus."
Konrad Reuland on...
His skills as a tight end:
"I try to take pride in being the most complete tight end I can possibly be. I don't really want to be categorized as a receiving tight end or a blocking tight end. I want to be known as a guy who can do it all. Early on, the running and the catching came easy, but I've been working hard on blocking and getting stronger in the weight room."
The talent level at the position:
"It would be hard to find another school with tight ends as talented as our group. It brings out the best in all of us. But if you have one bad day and someone steps up, it seems like you're on the hot seat. Our tight end relationship is really good too. We all get along really well, push each other and try to help each other."
Playing with your brother, Warren, a third-year sophomore receiver:
"Warren and I are best friends. We're pretty close in age, 19 months apart. Growing up with him and now getting a chance to play with him in college has just been a blessing. We're both truly blest to be able to be able to go to a university like this and play football together. From every standpoint - socially, athletically, academically - the chance to be together is great."