ERIE, Pa. – Liam Nadler contemplated the possibility of another year of chilly outdoor spring practices, with construction running behind schedule on Gannon University’s indoor football practice facility, laughed and said, “Should be fun.”
The fun part of football has come in the fall for the Gannon quarterback from Leipsic the last two seasons.
As a sophomore last fall, he passed for 2,859 yards and 16 touchdowns. That came after he threw for 2,910 yards and 21 TDs as a redshirt freshman. With two seasons left to play, he is second all-time in passing yards (5,769) at Gannon.
Nadler was a three-year starter at quarterback at Leipsic. He also scored more than 1,000 points in basketball.
But, even though he is 6 feet, 7-inches tall, football was always his primary sport.
“Football always was my favorite sport. I think it has a lot to do with the camaraderie and the teammates, just the experience of sweating and bleeding with the guys. It was always the sport I wanted to play in college,” he said.
After his redshirt season, he won the starting job at Gannon. His first start in 2012 was memorable, even if it was momentarily forgettable for him.
“The game has slowed down a lot,” Nadler said. “The first game, I remember the very first pass I threw, it was surprisingly for a touchdown. I remember being like I was blacked out, just thinking, ‘Holy crap, we just scored a touchdown on a pass.’ “
He has eight games of 300 yards passing or more. NCAA Division II Gannon was 6-5 last fall after going 3-8 in 2012.
Nadler has a 3.9 grade point average, majoring in political science. Right now, his post-football plan is to go law school.
“But there are other options, maybe the political arena at the local level,” he said. “My options are open.”
There is one other option he would like to have the chance to try. Like most college football players who have success at any level, he would like to get to an NFL camp and see what happens.
“That’s always been the dream, but it’s tough. It’s tough. But I’m still going to strive for that goal until I’m told I can’t. We’ll see where that takes me,” Nadler said.
Some other college notes:
—- Curtis Geise (Delphos St. John’s) is averaging 6.5 points a game as a freshman for Capital University’s men’s basketball team and has started one game.
—- Shari Mangas (Leipsic) is averaging 10.1 points a game for Baldwin-Wallace’s women’s basketball team. The 5-foot, 6-inch junior guard is shooting 38 percent on 3-pointers and 46 percent overall.
—- Dre White (Bath) is averaging 11.5 points a game for Ohio Wesleyan’s men’s basketball team. The 6-foot, 1-inch senior guard is also averaging 6.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game.
—-Kennedy Boggs (Delphos Jefferson) is scoring 12.0 points a game for Urbana University’s women’s basketball team. The 5-foot, 6-inch sophomore guard is shooting 45 percent overall and 39 percent on 3-pointers.