A determined walk-on who made a remarkable impact as a special teams performer and trusted reserve among a veteran-laden secondary as redshirt freshman in 2009 ... Expected to fill similar role under new coaching staff as evidenced by a top backup listing at strong safety heading into sophomore campaign ... Should also contribute in a top-tier special teams capacity ... Lauded for quickness, vision, work ethic and an impeccable grasp of scheme assignments, yet missed valuable repetitions during spring scrimmages because of an ankle injury which prevented play in all three contests.
2009: Served as a special teams member and secondary reserve in nine games during initial season on the active roster ... Recorded three total tackles, including a pair of solo stops ... Made collegiate debut against Appalachian State in the season opener ... Booked first career solo tackle at West Virginia, bringing down quarterback Jarrett Brown in the fourth quarter ... Tallied solo hits at North Carolina and at Memphis, which served as his final tackle of the year ... Picked off first career pass against Rice in the ECU endzone on the final play of the game ... Returned the interception 11 yards as the clock ran out.
2008: Officially earned roster position as a walk-on in mid-August ... Redshirted as a true freshman and was a member of the scout squad, thus did not experience any game action.
High School: A four-year letterman for coach Todd Shuping at Grimsley High School ... Helped Whirlies to a combined four-year record of 46-10, three conference titles and a state finalist finish (2005) ... A three-year all-conference performer who netted 15 career interceptions ... Led state in fumble recoveries (six) and picked off three passes as a senior team captain in 2007 to lead GHS to a 12-2 mark ... Caused six fumbles and intercepted six passes to earn all-county honors during the Whirlies' 12-1 campaign as a junior ... Was team's third-leading tackler and booked six picks during sophomore season, a year in which Grimsley earned state runner-up status with a 14-2 record ... Started five games as a freshman on the varsity squad ... Excelled in the classroom as well with selection to the school's National Honor Society and recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award.
Personal: Full name is John Alexander Schultz ... Born January 20, 1990 at Greensboro, N.C. ... A marketing major ... Father (Mark) was football letterman as an offensive lineman at Elon while uncle (Mike) was a linebacker at Furman ... Sister Emily was a member of the rowing team at North Carolina ... Hobbies include grilling, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting ... Favorite NFL player is Steelers' safety Troy Polamalu ... Lists father as most influential person on career and mother (Melanie) as most impressive person he knows ... Says the atmosphere is the best thing about ECU Football.