WITH lopsided victories by Ohio State and West Virginia against the likes of Miami (Ohio) and Marshall, respectively, Ohio Valley college football fans got the opportunity to see some of the recently graduated valley stars take the field on a big-time stage.
At Ohio State, freshman Najee Murray logged quality minutes and record two tackles for the Buckeyes in the romp against the RedStorm. The former Big Red star has impressed new coach Urban Meyer thus far and Murray's playing time is sure to increase as the season progresses.
Former teammate and current Mountaineers' sophomore linebacker Shaq Petteway also had a pair of stops, with one going for negative yardage, in the pasting of in-state rival Marshall.
Another Big Red great Dwight Macon had four catches for 19 yards in a loss to Arizona for Toledo.
At nearby Akron, another quarteback turned receiver, River's Dylan Potts, had two catches in a tough loss to Central Florida.
As these players progress and mature on the college level, we're likely to see more production and playing time out of them.
But the big standout, as far as local products on the collegiate gridiron during Week 1 of the season, was former East Liverpool standout and Thiel senior Ethan Ludwig.
The Tomcats fell to Juniata but that didn't stop Ludwig from churning out a fine performance.
He totaled 11 tackles, one of which resulted in a sack in the 16-13 loss.
Ludwig is a returning all-Presidents' Athletic Conference honorable mention player, as well as the Tomcats leading tackler in 2011 with 75. He finished eighth in the PAC in tackles per game (7.6) as a junior.
Thiel will look to secure its initial win of 2012 when it travels to Rochester, N.Y.