James Madison quarterback Bryan Schor has always had a knack for keeping his composure when things don’t go as planned in front of him.

Whether facing a broken play or a collapsing pocket, Schor’s poise under pressure and ability to extend plays with his mobility and arm strength is one of the senior’s greatest assets.

“When things break down around him, his ability to keep his eyes downfield and feel the pressure, and just slide one way or another or tuck it and go… he really did some really unique things that way in high school,” said Keith Olsommer, Schor’s coach at Delaware Valley High School. “And obviously he’s continued that.”

The same can be said about his poise when facing challenging situations off the field. Take the fall of 2013, for instance.

Schor was 2016 CAA offensive player of the year.

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Schor was 2016 CAA offensive player of the year.

A product of DVHS in Milford, Pennsylvania, Schor was set to attend Miami (Ohio) on scholarship after committing to the FBS program during his junior year. Those plans quickly changed when RedHawks coach Don Treadwell was fired in October 2013.

Schor’s scholarship was rescinded under the new administration shortly before signing day and just a few weeks before he was set to begin taking classes at Miami as a grayshirt.

“Obviously I was really hurt that it didn’t work out and I didn’t get to Miami (Ohio), but I’m pretty optimistic when it comes to stuff like that,” Schor told NCAA.com in early October. “I know that when something doesn’t work out, there’s a reason why it didn’t work out.

“Everything that I’ve been through has brought me to the moment where I am right now.”

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And where Schor and the Dukes are right now is at the pinnacle of FCS play. The 2016 second-team FCS All-American guided James Madison to its second national championship in program history last year with 39 total touchdowns and a career-high 3,002 passing yards. This season, No. 1 JMU is 6-0 with eyes on another deep postseason run.

With a national championship and countless individual accolades to his name, Schor is now entrenched as one of the FCS’ premier quarterbacks. But just four years ago, he found himself in what he called “football limbo.”


Olsommer, a former Penn State tight end from 1993-96, knew Schor had Division I talent from his very first game as a high school freshman, when he stepped into action after Delaware Valley’s starter suffered an injury.

Schor took hold of the starting job, became an All-State quarterback and led DVHS to 29 victories in 40 games played during his high school career.

“When he played for us, the bigger the game the better the output was for Bryan,” Olsommer said in a phone interview. “Every time we had a big game, it seemed like Bryan was off the charts with his passing and was throwing for 400 yards and four or five touchdowns. He’s been a kid that when the pressure’s on the most, he rises to the occasion.”

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