Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- His long, blonde hair makes him easily recognizable to fans, but University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) junior wide receiver Joe Reichert has a few other traits that are easy to pick out on the football field.
"He brings a whole lot of energy," sophomore wide receiver Zach Zweifel said. "He's pretty much the energizer of our crew. A lot of us are quiet and just go out and do our thing, but Joe brings a whole lot of energy and brings some out in us, too."
"Joe's a guy who leads by hustle," UMD offensive coordinator Curt Wiese said. "He will outwork any opponent on the field, and he takes an immense amount of pride in that. He helps bring our younger guys along with the way he works."
Those younger guys are sophomores Zach Zweifel and Aaron Roth, both of whom have become integral parts of this Bulldogs offense. That's at least partially in thanks to the mentoring efforts of Reichert.
"When Roth and Zweifel came in, I tried put myself out there and help them, teach them, and guide them through," Reichert said. "Now they're doing it on their own. They've got the feel for it now."
With a team-high 18 catches and three touchdowns through four games, it's clear the Superior native is expanding his role on the field for the Bulldogs. He's quickly turning into one of the favorite targets for senior quarterback Chase Vogler.
"Joe's a good player. He's good with the ball in the air," Vogler said. "It's an offensive scheme where it's not really a one-on-one thing, it's more of a zone thing and finding holes to get open. All of our receivers have done a great job of that this year, and when they do that it makes my job a lot easier."
"You can definitely tell we played together last year," Reichert said of his relationship with Vogler. "We've been able to pick it up a lot quicker in the fall, and obviously we were together in the spring, too. We've been able to put the pieces together a lot quicker."
That familiarity with his quarterback has certainly accelerated Reichert's progression, as have the guys he goes against every day at UMD's practice.
"I think I'm going against one of the best corners in the nation, Kenny Chowa, every day," Reichert said. "To be able to see live work from those guys is incredibly helpful to us an offense."
So with whatever he's asked to do, on the field or off, Reichert says he'll oblige with a singular objective in mind.
"For myself, if it's playing offense or special teams, I just want us to win," Reichert said. "The national championship is it, honestly."