California receiver Wolitarsky rewrites his possess story as a Gophers leader

August 12, 2016 - Finding Carter

Drew Wolitarsky was entrance California’s all-time high propagandize receiving annals on Sept. 22, 2012, when he done his executive revisit to Minnesota.

The Gophers kick Syracuse that night before a packaged residence during TCF Bank Stadium. That’s also a weekend he finished a novel — Mitch Albom’s “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” — that desirous him to turn a author himself.

“Drew came behind unequivocally excited,” his father, John, said. “He said, ‘The people in Minnesota are unequivocally different. we like it there.’”

This didn’t warn Wolitarsky’s parents. He was innate and lifted in Southern California, though his father’s side of a family has low Minnesota roots.

In 1868, Wolitarsky’s great, great, good grandfather, Johannes J. Malterud, emigrated from Norway to Minnesota, settling in Nicollet County. Two some-more generations lived in Minnesota before his good grandparents changed to California, after World War II.

“Perhaps that’s because a West Coast child was unfailing to lapse to Minneapolis,” John said.

Clearly gentle in his new home, Wolitarsky has emerged as a comparison personality of a Gophers receiving corps. He’s finishing his English grade and continues to file his writing.

Wolitarsky, who wrote a 50-page World War II-era novel right after high school, had a six-part story published this open in The Wake, Minnesota’s student-run magazine. A executive impression is a cemetery workman who visits an underworld where people can relive a day of their death.

This summer, Wolitarsky finished another brief story called “Faceless Fear.”

Asked how his essay has developed during college, he said, “It’s a lot associated to football. You consider you’re good entrance out of high school, and afterwards we demeanour behind on your film, and you’re like, ‘Wow, that is not good during all.’

“So it’s only operative on it each day. And it’s amazing, though we even realizing how most improved you’re getting, we are.”

Wolitarsky has sports in his blood. His good uncle, Ted Renne, played tackle during Concordia College in Moorhead from 1928-32. Another good uncle, Charles Austin, played left tackle for Oregon from 1953-57. And Wolitarsky’s father, John, competent for a 1984 Olympic Trials in a produce chuck after a record environment career during USC.

But when John initial sealed Drew adult for dwindle football, a son was disinterested.

“He never paid attention; he’d be out there wiggling his teeth,” John said. “I knew he had talent — and we also knew he favourite money. So one day we betrothed him a entertain for each dwindle he grabbed. He only went on a tear, grabbing all these flags. Afterward, he told me we due him $5.25.”

At Canyon High School, Wolitarsky warranted all-conference honors as a freshman, fast anticipating a purpose in a pass-happy offense. He finished his prep career with 281 receptions for 5,148 yards, violation a state annals hold by former New York Giants receiver Steve Smith.

The 6-3 Wolitarsky still didn’t pull a ton of grant interest. He had offers from Arizona and San Jose State, though a Gophers swooped in and got him. After an ankle damage derailed his 2014 season, he set career highs final year with 39 receptions for 524 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Now, a Gophers need a go-to receiver to reinstate KJ Maye.

“Yeah, we wish to be that guy,” Wolitarsky said. “I’m prepared to be that guy. So we’ve been training all summer for me to be that guy.”

Quarterback Mitch Leidner has been discerning to demeanour for Wolitarsky, along with sophomore Rashad Still and youth Eric Carter, during training camp. Leidner appreciates a approach Wolitarsky has adopted a care purpose Maye had final year.

Upperclassmen orderly a offseason workouts with a order that anyone who came late had to do additional running.

“Drew Wolitarsky had a receiver [arrive] late — initial one of a summer — and Drew did a whole examination with him,” Leidner said.

Wolitarsky saw a possibility to learn accountability.

“If I’m going to take a day off or nap in, my teammates are going to be influenced by this,” he said.

Apparently it worked. Leidner pronounced a Gophers had distant fewer players uncover adult late than in prior years. The seniors wish that’s another pointer this group is headed for improved on-field results.

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