CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Of the many benefits to having a two-time Major League Baseball All-Star catcher as a dad, Ohio University quarterback Tyler Tettleton said one of the best is the advice. The sports they play may differ, but Mickey Tettleton can offer sage words to when it comes to how to approach athletics at the highest levels.
Among the most important, Tyler Tettleton said, is the need to stay calm.
"The one thing he's really instilled in me is to not be too high or too low, just be even keel and not show many emotions out there," he said. "That's one of the biggest things I've learned from him, and it's helped me a lot."
That's not always easy to do, especially when national pundits predict your football team can finish its season undefeated. But to accomplish that, the Bobcats (2-0) must first get past a Marshall team still smarting from last year's 44-7 loss in the "Battle for the Bell."
Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
"We know they're going to be out for some revenge," he said.
Tettleton threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another 53 yards and a score in last year's game at Athens. That performance was a perfect example of his 2011 season, where he became the Bobcats' first 3,000-yard passer and also finished second on the team in rushing with 658 yards. He also led Ohio to a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl win over Utah State, the first bowl victory in school history.
While the redshirt junior is dangerous both with his arm and his feet, Tettleton said he's always considered himself a pass-first quarterback.
"When anything is not there, I get into scramble mode, I try to make things happen with my feet," he said. "I don't try to slide or get out of bounds. I try to extend that play and get the extra yards. That's what Coach (Frank Solich) wants out of us, to be tough, hard-nosed guys and to get every inch we can."