For the past five years, the Ohio Bobcats football team has ended its season with a bowl game.
Although Ohio is just one of 21 programs in the NCAA to reach five straight bowls, the Bobcats will have a new core of offensive players emerge for the 2014 season. Most notably will be whoever replaces quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who owns 27 Ohio football records and started under center wearing Green and White the past three years.
And with less than five months remaining until the another season of Bobcats football kicks off, Ohio used this spring to develop talent and allow coaches time to figure out a game plan for replacing the 2013 senior class.
While a replacement for Tettleton has not been announced, the most logical choice would be redshirt junior Derrius Vick. Despite being the backup, Vick, a quarterback from Lincoln, Nebraska, saw action in 11 of 14 games last season and finished with 277 yards passing in addition to 128 yards rushing.
During the week before the Bobcats’ spring game, Vick said in an interview he was ready to lead the Bobcats.
“I just want to try to show that I’m a positive leader, and that I can lead this team down the field, both when we’re doing well and when we’re doing bad,” Vick said. “As a team, it’s our last chance to show the fans what we’ve been working hard on.”
Despite throwing a pair of interceptions, he finished 17 of 27 for 144 yards passing. Vick also picked up a game-high 32 yards on the ground.
But with the spring season completed, co-offensive coordinators Tim Albin and Scott Isphording have yet to name a favorite to direct the Bobcats’ offense.
Also competing for the position is redshirt sophomore quarterback J.D. Sprague, who appeared in just four games last season. Sprague, a Cincinnati native, is also a dual-threat and finished the spring game 4 of 11 for 33 yards with an additional 20 yards rushing.
When the Bobcats resume practice in August, one of the two will likely be dubbed the starting quarterback before the season opener against Kent State on Aug. 30.