Feb 25, 2013 9:09 PM by Scott Breen - MTN Sports (Billings)
BILLINGS - Former Montana State defensive star Caleb Schreibeis has decided not to pursue the NFL.
Scrheibeis just capped a stellar year on the college field. Schreibeis turned a walk-on opportunity out of high school into a Buck Buchanan award last December. That award recognizes the nation's top FCS defensive player.
Despite some reports that had Schreibeis drafted as high as the fifth round, the former West High star says that scouts and agents he's spoken to tell him he would likely have to enter the NFL as a free agent.
The senior co-captain's eight forced fumbles were not only tops in the F-C-S last season, but also led all of Division 1 football. They also set a Bobcat school record. Schreibeis led the Big Sky Conference with 12 and a half sacks and 15 tackles for loss.
Kroy Biermann, the last Buck Buchanan winner from Montana, is still playing defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons. The Hardin native was within one win of reaching this year's Super Bowl.
Schreibeis has already started his mechanical engineering career in Bozeman, and says the hardest part about his decision is explaining it to acquaintances who believe he should take a shot at the NFL.
One official with Montana State's athletic department said of Schreibeis, "You come across kids once in a while whose world doesn't begin and end with football, and Caleb's one of them."