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Stephen Dana Schilling is an American football offensive tackle who has completed his redshirt junior season for the 2009 Michigan Wolverines football team. He has been included on the 2009 preseason watchlist for the Lombardi Award. He had previously been a two-time Associated Press first-team Class 3A All-state selection in Washingtonmarker for the Bellevue High School Wolverines football team where he played on 3 state champion teams.

Born and raised in , Schilling grew up playing basketball until high school. In high school, he was able to become a member of the a team that won the state championship during his first three years. He became a star offensive lineman who was Seattlemarker and a standout athlete as his high school won the state championship in his junior year, making it three times in a row. He won numerous all-area and all-state honors as a junior and a senior and was highly tauted on the national level. He was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and as one of the nominees for Parade All-American Player of the Year. After being highly recruited by several top college football programs and narrowing his list to several PAC 10 Conference football teams and University of Michiganmarker, he decided to attend Michigan.

At Michigan, he redshirted as a true Freshman and then started the following year. When the team transitioned from head coach Lloyd Carr to Rich Rodriguez during his redshirt sophomore season, he became one of the few experienced players to endure the change. He has since anchored the offensive line composed of less experienced players. He was honored as the 2008 Michigan Wolverines football team's best offensive lineman as a redshirt sophomore before being nationally recognized as a watchlist candidate in 2009. He was selected as a 2009 All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention.

High school

When Schilling was young, he was too large to play in organized football because Bellevue's youth leagues were regulated by weight-age limits, which caused him to take up basketball instead. Schilling says that his true love was basketball and that he would probably not have experimented with football, but the coach of the basketball team resigned right before his freshman season. During the summer prior to his freshman year, Schilling first visited the Bellevue High School weight room where he noticed the intensity and comaraderie. He eventually, became a three-year starter for the football team. As a sophomore, Schilling was part of the Bellevue Championship football team whose season extended long enough to interfere with him participating in the early part of the basketball season as a sophomore. The championship, which came as a result of a ten-game winning streak to close the season, made the Bellevue Wolverines three-time Class 3A state champions. On September 4, 2004, as a junior, he helped Bellevue end the high school football record 151 game winning streak by De La Salle High Schoolmarker in front of 24,987 at the second annual Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Qwest Fieldmarker by a 39–20 score. Early in that junior season, he got his first scholarship offer from the University of Washingtonmarker. The Schilling, who wore #52 in high school, played on both the offensive line and defensive line. Prior to the state championship game he was named to the All-area football team by The Seattle Times. He helped his 13–0 team become the first school from the state of Washingtonmarker to win five state championships in 2004. For the championship week effort Schilling, who played offensive tackle, was selected as The Seattle Times' Class 3A male athlete of the week. During the season, Schilling was known for his training habits. At the end of the football season, he was selected to All-State teams both by the Associated Press and The Seattle Times. During his junior basketball season, he was a solid contributor to team scoring and rebounding. He averaged 10.6 points/game during his junior season. At the end of his junior year he was named the number 25 football prospect in the nation by Rivals.com. He was ranked the number three offensive tackle. In July prior to his senior season, he was included in a Reebok Western All-American list in Sports Illustrated.

Early in his senior season, running a Wing T offense, Bellevue again defeated a highly regarded California high school in a game at Qwest Field. On September 16, 2009, they defeated the Long Beach Polytechnic High Schoolmarker, who had been ranked number three by the USA Today. At the end of September, he left a game in the second quarter with what was thought to be a separated shoulder. He spent the following three weeks on the sidelines with a sore shoulder. In his October 28 return, Bellevue snapped their 30-game winning streak. During the first ten games of the season, Bellevue averaged 11 yards per rush. In the eleventh game, the team lost in the state quarterfinals. Schilling ended his career having played for three state champions. Schilling was one of sixteen nominees for the Parade All-America High School Player of the Year award. He was selected to the local all-star teams by both the The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He repeated as an Associated Press Class 3A All-state selection. Schilling was selected to play in the January 7, 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Although he was highly regarded as a tackle, he started at right guard for the west during the game. He became a Parade All-American. Schilling did not play basketball during his senior year to avoid the risk of injury.

Although he was highly recruited during the season, he decided not to make his decision until after the season ended. He scheduled visits with the Cal Bears and USC Trojans and anticipated visits with the Michigan Wolverines and Washington Huskies. These were the four schools he was seriously considering. He eventually changed his visit dates, but the final four contenders remained ths same. By the time he was to make his final decision he had 20 scholarship offers. In his final week of consideration, he eliminated USC from contention and had home visits from the other three finalists during the week. He made his final selection in what has become a traditional recruit announcement technique by using the schools' caps in front of his extended family.

College

He did not arrive in in time for 2006 spring practice like some of his classmates. Just prior to the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season opener for the 2006 Michigan Wolverines football team, Schilling was diagnosed with mononucleosis. This caused him to miss several weeks of practice. In late October, he decided to redshirt and have a second shoulder surgery after having missed weeks of practice and lost lots of weight. As part of his transition from a Wing T offense that rarely passed, Schilling had to work on improving his pass blocking.

He earned the starting right tackle position in a battle with Mark Ortmann and Perry Dorrestein at the start of the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season for the 2007 Michigan Wolverines football team. He was the starter on September 1 during the opening game loss to two-time defending FCS champion Appalachian State Mountaineers. After starting the first five games at right tackle, when the team suffered injuries he started two games ( and Purdue) at right guard. He was expected to start a third game at right guard, but he was returned to right tackle. During practice, he had to spend time at both positions after the injuries. Although he did not start at guard until the sixth game, he played guard in the opener after Jeremy Ciulla got injured. Although, he had to stretch beyond his past experiences and natural position, he was able to seek fifth-year seniors Jake Long and Adam Kraus as mentors. The 2007 Michigan – Ohio State rivalry game was a prime example of his lack of experience with pass blocking. He had difficulties pass blocking against Vernon Gholston, who posted three quarterback sacks.

With the departure of Mike Hart, Mario Manningham, Adrian Arrington, Jake Long, Chad Henne, and Adam Kraus to the National Football League and Justin Boren's defection from the team, the 2008 Michigan Wolverines football team entered the season for new head coach Rich Rodriguez with only three returning offensive starters: Schilling, tight end Carson Butler and fullback Mark Moundros. Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett transferred and two senior offensive linemen (Jeremy Ciulla and Alex Mitchell) declined to use their fifth years of eligibility. Schilling was virtually the only returning offensive lineman with any experience. Aside from Schilling, the projected opening game starting offensive line had a total of three career starts. As a result of injuries, both David Moosman and David Molk who had been battling to start were in the starting lineup for the 2008 opener. Offensive line injuries continued to affect the lineup through the early part of the season with Molk (center), Moosman (right guard) and Stephen Schilling (right tackle) being the only players to start each of the first four games. Even Schilling was a bit injured, causing him to be handled delicately during practice. In the first five games, the team used four different starting offensive line combinations due to injuries. For much of the season, Rodriguez' offense started six freshmen. By the seventh game the line returned to full strength and used the opening day lineup. In the week, before the last game of the season against Ohio State, Schilling injured his knee in practice. As a result, he did not play in the final game. Nonetheless, he was honored by the team at the end of the season as the team's best offensive lineman. The young offense had all but one of its starters returning for the following season.

In 2009, he was recognized as ah honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection by both the coaches and the media.

Personal

Schilling's mother is named Joanne. Schilling has a sister.

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