Former Warren quarterback star to transfer to Ohio Wesleyan
Dylan Leffingwell has made a decision.
The former Warren football standout will be transferring from Ohio University to Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio (just north of Columbus). There, he will be suiting up and playing quarterback for the Tom Watts-coached Battling Bishops this upcoming season.
“I loved my time at Ohio last season,” said the 19-year-old Leffingwell, “and I learned a whole lot being the quarterback on the scout team, which played against the No. 1 defense every day. I’m glad I had the opportunity.
“But I want to play and compete, and with a couple of really good QBs (Derrius Vick and J.D. Sprague) in front of me, I would’ve had to wait.”
OWU, 5-5 overall and 4-5 in the NCAC last season, is an NCAA Division III school and a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), which also includes Kenyon, Denison, Allegheny, Wabash, DePauw, Hiram, Wittenberg, Oberlin, and Wooster.
The Bishops, who play their home games at Selby Stadium, are scheduled to kick off their season at Bluffton Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m..
“Actually, before Ohio called me in my senior year at Warren, I was going to go to Ohio Wesleyan,” Leffingwell said. “I’ll be reporting to Ohio Wesleyan on Aug.13.”
At OWU, Leffingwell will be majoring in health and human kinetics.
At Warren, the 6-foot-2, 222-pound Leffingwell is the school’s career record holder in passing yards (4,900) and touchdown passes (47).
Last season, Leffingwell was a redshirt freshman on the OU football team, which has made five consecutive bowl appearances.
This summer, Leffingwell is conditioning, lifting, and helping out first-year Marietta High head football coach Jason Schob with the quarterbacks.
According to Ohio University head football coach Frank Solich, the Bobcats are young at a lot of positions, including quarterback.
With school record-setting Tyler Tettleton graduating and signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, there will be a new look at starting QB when OU kicks off its season at Kent State University Aug. 30 at 6 p.m.
As it looks now, the 6-foot-1, 196-pound Vick, a fourth-year junior, is the frontrunner to get the job. He does after all have some varsity experience, having backed up Tettleton for the past two seasons.
Vick, however, did not exactly “wow” Solich with his performance in April 12’s annual Green and White game at Peden Stadium. Yes, he led the way with 176 yards of total offense, completing 17 of 27 throws for 144 yards and rushing for 32 more yards.
But Vick of Lincoln, Nebr., also had two passes intercepted, one for a touchdown, the only six points scored in the scrimmage. (The defense beat the offense 7-3.)
Sprague of Cincinnati, a redshirt sophomore, also was picked off twice. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder only competed four of 11 passes for 33 yards.
Leffingwell said he also played in the spring game.
“I got in for about 10 plays, and threw a couple of passes,” he said.
So, who else does Ohio University have in camp?
With Leffingwell transferring to Ohio Wesleyan, the only other QB on the Ohio spring roster was 6-1, 214-pound redshirt sophomore Greg Windham of Tampa Bay, Fla.
No question about it, OU will be very young at QB this upcoming fall.
The Bobcats also have an incoming frosh at the position in 6-3, 185-pound Joey Duckworth of Louisville, Ohio.
Maybe before the season starts, Solich will be going “eeny, meeny, miny, mo.”
Also on Ohio’s spring roster was Grant Venham, a 6-3, 204-pound junior redshirt punter. The former Warren standout averaged 37.8 yards per punt last season for the Bobcats.
And, finally, in case you didn’t know, Brian Haines will be in his seventh season as a Bobcat assistant. The former Williamstown Yellowjacket and Marietta College Pioneer is the recruiting/special teams coordinator/tight ends.
Ron Johnston is the Marietta Times sports editor, and can be reached at 376-5441 or at firstname.lastname@example.org