"Tough" is a word both Solich and Marshall Coach Doc Holliday use to describe Tettleton, He recovered from an ACL tear his junior year at Norman North High School in Oklahoma to play for one of the two universities to offer him a scholarship, New Mexico State being the other. He carried the ball 166 times in 2011, second most on the team.
"He's what a quarterback's all about," Holliday said. "What I've said all along is that the quarterback position, intangibles are what it's all about, and there's no doubt he has that. He brings a lot to the table and you better ... when you talk about them you start with him. There's no doubt he's the leader of that offense."
Solich said Tettleton's mental and physical toughness make him a favorite among his teammates. He's a favorite among his receivers because of his release. Tettleton has the ability to anticipate receivers breaking open. Plus he's a devoted student of the game.
"He's a very bright player," Solich said. "He's a smart football player, so he's not a guy that makes the same mistakes over and over again. He's the complete quarterback and it's always difficult when you're faced with defensing a complete quarterback."
With Tettleton under center, some in the national media have predicted great things for Ohio. SI.com's Holly Anderson predicted the Bobcats to finish 12-0 and Tettleton to be the Mid-American Conference's top offensive player. And while that buzz has grown both in and around Athens, Tettleton and the rest of the Bobcats' upperclassmen have been preaching patience and calmness.
He knows the Thundering Herd (1-1) wants the bell back and will be fueled by a Joan C. Edwards Stadium atmosphere he said is one of his favorites in which to play. So it won't be too difficult to refrain from daydreaming of season's end and focus on Saturday.
"It's so tough to not look ahead and to think about being 12-0, win the MAC championship and all that stuff, but you can't get wrapped up in all that stuff," he said. "We really emphasize to just take it one game, one week at a time."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.