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ONU taking a new angle under center

Patrick Angle had a slow start at ONU in 2013 but is much better off in 2014.
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Patrick Angle is a much different quarterback in his second season at Ohio Northern.

Not that he had a bad season last year after transferring in from Youngstown State. It’s just that this year, his comfort level as a starter is better.

“I have settled in and feel like I’m playing much better," said Angle, who was a backup for the Penguins before coming to Ada. I'm a lot more comfortable, but I also know a lot more is expected of me this year.”

Angle threw for 1,974 yards and 16 touchdowns last year as the Polar Bears won their final three games and finished 6-4.

If the come-from-behind 31-24 win over Washington U. in Week 1 was any indication, there is no question that Angle is ready to make the most of his final year.

Angle and the Polar Bears found themselves down 17-0 on the road against a team that was a 2013 NCAA playoff participant. Hope was fading but Angle helped lead a comeback. He shook off his only interception of the day and went 18-of-24 for 220 yards and a touchdown. He also showed off his mobility as he rushed for 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

What a difference a year makes. Angle was just 4-of-14 for 60 yards in the 2013 opener against Alfred State, a team much closer to No. 244 in the rankings. He also injured his ankle in the 55-0 win.

Veteran Polar Bears head coach Dean Paul is certainly thrilled with Angle’s progress.

“He has a much better handle on the offense,” Paul said. “He is playing with so much more confidence and he has definitely earned the respect of his teammates.”

Angle was a star at Logan High School, earning D-II Offensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. He set 15 school records and was only the second player to ever be named Southeastern Ohio Athletic League Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.

Going to a Division I school seemed like the right move. He was a redshirt in his first year at YSU and ran the scout team offense in practice. A year later, Angle saw action in two games.

When he decided to transfer, the Ohio Athletic Conference was on his radar.

He had a brother that played at Otterbein. He also liked what he saw at ONU and felt like it was a good fit, not only from a football standpoint, but from an academic one as well. With nearly three years of school already done, Angle, a construction management major, wanted to be able to make the transfer of credits a smooth one.

And while he was moving from Division I to Division III, he didn’t expect anything to come easy.

“It’s still college football,” Angle said. “There is a lot of talent at this level, and I knew I had to work hard if I was going to be successful. I wasn’t sure how things would go, but having great teammates really helped. It felt good to get back on the field last year and we feel...

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Brian Lester

Brian Lester is a reporter in Findlay, Ohio. He has 14 years of experience at newspapers in Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio, spending the last 10 at The Courier in Findlay. Lester also writes an Around the Region column for D3hoops.com. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois.

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