Hillsdale Collegian- Outstanding Scholar Athlete Jake Welch

Senior Jake Welch battled through injuries to become a successful center

By Trinity Graeser

Collegian Reporter

According to head coach Keith Otterbein, senior Jake Welch is a “really sharp football player” who “understands ‘the pit.'”

“He understands all of the communication and intricacies of the game – the difference between a block and almost a block, those subtle things,” Otterbein said.

A finance major with minors in biology and chemistry, Welch, who is from Eaton, Ohio, played football all five years he has been at the Dale.

Welch has played center for the Chargers for the last two years. Before that, he played starting guard, and he played center and defensive tackle and guard in high school for six years.

As center, “I’m basically in the middle of everything,” Welch said. “I have a lot of control over what goes on in the line.”

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