Panthers' Mueller to play college football

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


JORDAN MUELLER, Plymouth senior, signs a national letter of intent Wednesday morning at PHS to play football at the University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota). Also pictured are his parents, Georgine and Allen Mueller (seated right), and PHS football coaches Jim Beaver (assistant, left) and Dan Knaus (head coach). — Review photo by Greg Ceilley JORDAN MUELLER, Plymouth senior, signs a national letter of intent Wednesday morning at PHS to play football at the University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota). Also pictured are his parents, Georgine and Allen Mueller (seated right), and PHS football coaches Jim Beaver (assistant, left) and Dan Knaus (head coach). — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH — Jordan Mueller is excited about the opportunity to play college football and is confident he can make an impact at the level.

Mueller, a senior at Plymouth High School and an all-state offensive/ defensive lineman last fall, signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play football at the University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota). The Cougars made the move from NAIA to Division II last season and play in the Northern Sun Conference.

“I’m extremely excited. When I went on a visit there, they [coaching staff and team] felt like family. When I stepped out of the car, I knew this was where I wanted to be,” said Mueller.

Mueller said he will redshirt this coming season and then have an opportunity to start the following year. He feels comfortable with the plan to redshirt because it will give him a year to develop and mature as a player.

“They want me to play offensive tackle and that should be an easy transition. I know I have to step up. This is a huge step up, going against 23- and 24-year-olds,” he said.

“I know I have to get into the weight room more. A year in a college weight room would do a world of good for me. My playing weight would be around 300 pounds. I’m at 270 now.

“The footwork and technique are important – that’s what it’s going to come down to. I’m going to work and go into next year so I can start all four years,” said Mueller, the Eastern Wisconsin Conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Year last season.

Mueller narrowed his college choices down to Sioux Falls, Bemidji State (Minnesota), Minnesota Duluth and UW-Whitewater. He plans to major in business with a human resources emphasis.

The Cougars finished 9-2 last season. Prior to joining D-II, they won NAIA national titles in recent years.

“I can see them fighting for a Division II national championship every year,” said Mueller, son of Allen and Georgine Mueller of Plymouth.

“I’m very excited for him. He’s a hard-working kid and a great football player,” said Jim Beaver, PHS offensive line coach.

“Sioux Falls is probably a good fit for him. He has good football skills, good feet, works very hard and has a good head on his shoulders.

“He has natural ability. He has a good base and can work from that and get better. He has the skill set to play at this level,” Beaver said.

Mueller has been named to play in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-star game this summer.


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