MIDLAND — It might be the dead of winter but Chad Samuels is thinking a lot of about football.

The former all-state and all-conference performer at Reed City is under going conditioning and working on staying in shape for what will be his senior season this fall.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said during a recent interview.

Prior to coming to Northwood, Samuels was quarterback and defensive back during the early years of the current dominant Coyote football string that has produced seven straight Central State Activities Association titles, plus three district titles and a regional crown last fall.

Samuels went 30-3 in varsity high school football at Reed City and was named All-State. He graduated with a 3.91 GPA and is majoring in accounting at Northwood.

He had a strong season at safety for a Northwood team that was 7-4 and a strong force in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He placed on the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence team in 2015 and 2016.

In 2017, Samuels had 27 tackles and 22 assists for 4.5 tackles per game. He had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

A week Samuels won’t soon forget was the Axe Bowl victory against rival Saginaw Valley.

“I was named the conference defensive player of the week,” he said. “I had two interceptions in that game.”

He’s played all 11 games the pat two seasons. He had 12 tackles and six assists in limited action for the 2016 season.

“It was a big thrill this year being named honorable mention to the all-conference team,” Samuels said.

He finished last season with 49 tackles, fifth on the team. A press release from the Northwood Sports Information department said the following:

“After starting the year in a backup role, Samuels turned into one of Northwood’s top defensive players by the end of the campaign.”

Northwood made a four-win improvement from the 2016 season when the Northmen were 3-8.

Along with being 7-4 overall, the team was 5-4 in the GLIAC for fourth place.

One of Samuels best game was at Ferris State against the Bulldogs. He had nine solo tackles and two assists in a narrow 24-14 loss.

Key seniors graduate but Samuels is looking to have perhaps his best collegiate season next year and be a leader.