|High School:||Cretin-Derham Hall|
Honors & Awards
- Free-Agent Signee with the Washington Redskins (2001)
- University of Nebraska Graduate (May, 2000)
- Member of Two Nebraska National Championship Teams (1995, 1997)
- Team Co-Captain (2000)
- Brook Berringer Citizenship Team Member (2000)
- Two-Time Nebraska Lifter-of-the-Year Award Finalist (1998, 2000)
- Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches, 1998)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (1998)
Through his six-year career at Nebraska, Jason Schwab overcame numerous obstacles, including two major surgeries, to climb from walk-on status into a starting role. Earning a scholarship before the 1997 season, Schwab missed all of the 1999 season after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee before the start of fall camp. He rehabbed from his injury in hopes of a sixth season for the Huskers. In January of 2000, the NCAA ruled in favor of Schwab, who was chosen by his teammates as one of three offensive captains in 2000. He finished his career with 178 "pancakes" (knock-down blocks).
One of the hardest workers in the weight room, Schwab was a finalist for Lifter of the Year in 1998 and 2000. Over his career at Nebraska, Schwab consistently performed the squat better than anyone on the team (best of 690 pounds).
Following his Husker career, Schwab signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent following the 2001 NFL Draft.
In January of 2000, the NCAA granted Schwab a sixth year of eligibility. He was chosen by his teammates as one of three offensive captains. Schwab started every game, including the Alamo Bowl against Northwestern, and recorded a career-best 82 "pancakes" on the season, an average of 7.5 per game. He had a career-best 13 "pancakes" three times (against Notre Dame, Missouri and Baylor).
1999 (Medical Hardship)
Schwab sat out on a medical hardship, after tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee during fall camp. The injury required major reconstructive surgery.
After playing in 11 games in 1997 as the backup right tackle to All-Big 12 senior Eric Anderson, Schwab earned the starting role in 1998 and was the only offensive lineman to start every game, including the Holiday Bowl against Arizona. His play earned him honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors. He finished third on the team in knock-down blocks with 79 "pancakes" as the Huskers ranked first in the Big 12 and sixth nationally in rushing. Schwab averaged 6.6 "pancakes" per game with a season-best 12 against California.
A former walk-on, Schwab earned a scholarship before the start of the 1997 season. He played in 11 games as the backup right tackle to All-Big 12 senior Anderson and had 17 "pancakes", including a season-best five against Baylor. Schwab was also a member of the Huskers' PAT and field goal units. He played in the 1998 Orange Bowl against Tennessee.
Schwab did not see action in 1996 because of a MCL knee sprain and posterior malleolar fracture of his ankle.
A walk-on, Schwab redshirted during his first year in Lincoln.
Before Nebraska (Cretin-Derham Hall High School)
Schwab played offensive guard and defensive tackle for Cretin-Derham Hall and Coach Rick Kullok. He assisted his teams to four consecutive state tournament appearances and posted 74 tackles and four sacks as a senior, earning honorable-mention all-state honors. He also lettered twice in baseball.
The son of Albert and Mary Schwab, Jason was born on May 12, 1977. Jason majored in communication studies and earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2000. He was a member of the 2000 Unity Council and was a volunteer speaker with the Plattsmouth Tour of Excellence and for the National American Education Week.
Schwab's Career Pancakes
1997 "Pancakes" (Knock-down blocks) -- 17 (1.7 average)
1998 "Pancakes" -- 79 (6.6 average)
1999 "Pancakes" -- Did Not Play - Injured - Medical Hardship
2000 "Pancakes" -- 82 (7.5 average)
Total "Pancakes" -- 178 (5.4 average)
"Pancake" Best -- 13 (vs. Notre Dame, Missouri and Baylor, 2000)