BW’s Crow stars at Heidelberg


CANTON — At the annual Ohio Athletic Conference Football Media Day (July 28), Heidelberg — under the direction of second-year head coach Scott Donaldson — was predicted to finish third by the coaches and fourth by the media. For the fifth straight year, the event was held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Following Donaldson’s talk about the 2017 Heidelberg football team, All-American defensive lineman Austin Crow spoke with OAC commissioner Tim Gleason. Crow drew a laugh out of the group gathered when he told Gleason that his least favorite type of offensive lineman to battle against were the kind that liked to hold.

Later, Donaldson and All-American wide receiver Demetrius Magee spoke with S&S Productions for an upcoming preview video.

SEASON PREVIEW: With a year at the helm under his belt, Heidelberg University head football coach Scott Donaldson has the Student Princes primed to thrive in 2017. Donaldson and The Berg return D3football.com All-Americans on both sides of the ball – with senior defensive lineman Austin Crow and senior wide receiver Demetrius Magee poised for another memorable campaign. In 2016, Heidelberg finished 6-4 overall and 6-3 in the rugged Ohio Athletic Conference – good for sole possession of third place.

“I think we ended last year riding a wave of momentum,” said Donaldson, whose team won its last four contests. “As a coaching staff, we wanted to carry that surge into our off-season program. Our guys worked tirelessly last spring in preparation for the fall.”

Magee, the recipient of the OAC’s Ed Sherman Award given to the top receiver, caught 11 touchdown passes in 10 games as a junior. Under center, two-time All-OAC quarterback Tyler Stoyle is back after an impressive run in his first full year as the starter. A jack-of-all-trades hybrid tight end Cameron Vocke is back for his final season of eligibility. The offensive line will be anchored by seasoned veterans Tyler Hunter and Brock Riggs.

Crow, who became the second HU player to win the Paul Hoernemann Award as the OAC’s top defensive lineman, leads a dynamic defensive front. Crow will be flanked by fierce linemen Malik Dudley, Verondtae Wilkinson and Harrison Brown. The linebacking corps grew exponentially a season ago, with Nick Walsh set to lead the unit. The defensive backfield will be led by Jarett Wasson, in his fourth season as a starter.

Heidelberg opens the season with a new foe, visiting Olivet College in the first year of a home-and-home. OAC action opens up at Ohio Northern on September 16.

UNFAMILIAR FOE: Heidelberg opens the season at Olivet College on September 2. The Comets have won back-to-back MIAA titles and were in the NCAA Playoffs. The Student Princes own a 7-0 program record against the Comets. The last meeting came in 1993.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: After thumping Ohio Northern last year in the program’s first-ever night game on campus, the Student Princes will host Otterbein for a nighttime Rhine River Cup showdown on October 14 at 7 p.m.

SWEET ALMA HOME: Homecoming is slated for October 28 against Wilmington.

ON THE AIR: Audio from home games will be synced up with live streaming video, available for free online.

THE POLLS:

COACHES

1. Mount Union 80 (8)

2. John Carroll 74 (2)

3. Heidelberg 60

4. Ohio Northern 54

5. Otterbein 52

6. Baldwin Wallace 38

7. Marietta 32

8. Capital 31

9. Muskingum 18

10. Wilmington 11

MEDIA

1. Mount Union 345 (26)

2. John Carroll 327 (9)

3. Ohio Northern 265

4. Heidelberg 244 (1)

5. Otterbein 212

6. Baldwin Wallace 180

7. Capital 143

8. Muskingum 123

9. Marietta 101

10. Wilmington 40

-1st Place Votes in Parenthesis-

As the Crow flies

#91 Austin Crow

Height: 6-2

Weight: 245

Year: Jr.

Hometown: Westerville, Ohio

High School: Big Walnut

Position: DL

Career Highlights

2015

Appeared in nine games, starting eight as a sophomore

Earned first team All-OAC accolades

Led Heidelberg with nine tackles for loss on the season

Finished the year with 55 total tackles, including three sacks

Had a season-high 10 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks against ONU

2014

Played in all 10 games, starting eight as a freshman

Made 33 tackles on the season, including eight tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks

Had a season-high six tackles in three separate games

Recorded three tackles for loss in the 53-10 victory over Wilmington

High School

Earned 2nd team All-Conference and 2nd team All-District honors as a senior at Big Walnut High School

Also earned 1st team All-Conference and Special Mention All-District accolades as a junior

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Austin Crow #91 in action for Heidelberg.
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Staff Report

Information for this story was provided by Heidelberg University.