This time last year, Cody Schrader was in Kirksville, Missouri, awaiting a Division II bowl game announcement after his Truman State team fell to Indianapolis at home. The season was over, but for the 2021 Great Lakes Valley Conference co-offensive player of the year, his next chapter was about to begin.

But what drove Schrader to playing in the Southeastern Conference wasn’t just his willingness to succeed; it was the passing of his friend Justin Budrovich. Schrader lost Budrovich on Nov. 24, 2019, nearly three years ago.

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