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GNK Standout DeChampeau's Return to Football Led to a College Commitment

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: July 19, 2020 11:04 PM

On July 6th the UMD Bulldog football team started summer practices.

There's a few new elements at Malosky Stadium leading up to the 2020 season, like social distancing, mask wearing, and wide receiver Dylan DeChampeau.

The incoming college freshman and former Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin (GNK) standout wasn't always sure football was his game.

"I stopped in seventh grade because of basketball, I was going to focus more on that and do a lot of AAU," said Dylan DeChampeau, a 2020 Greenway High School graduate. 

His dedication to the hardwood paid off. The 6'4'' forward ended his high school career as Greenway's all-time leading scorer, with over 2,900 career points, and was an all-conference performer.

He was also an all-conference performer in track and field.

However, as a high school junior, DeChampeau's desire for the gridiron resurfaced.

"I didn't want to regret not playing in high school again, so I was like, alright I'll just come back to see if I like it again," said DeChampeau. "I joined back my junior year and I had a lot of fun the past two years, and then I started getting offers from colleges."

For DeChampeau the transition back to football was just like riding a bike. He said the physical aspect was rigorous, but GNK head coach and former UMD lineman, Bob Schwartz, supported the future Bulldog.

"I was very close with Schwartz for a while. He was a huge help with everything, with colleges and getting me back on the field."

DeChampeau's all-season athleticism earned him a 2019 Minnesota All-Star Showcase invite and two all-conference honors.

In his senior season he scored nine touchdowns averaging 31.3 yards per reception, helping lead the Titans to a 7-3 record.

Those numbers got DeChampeau an offer to play college football at UMD, and he took it.

Practicing with the Bulldogs for the past couple of weeks he's noticed a few changes from his small town team.

"I'm not the fastest one on the field," laughed DeChampeau. 

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Alicia Tipcke

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