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Will Freed makes ONU history

Will Freed celebrates with his fellow teammates after playing a successful games. (photo/ Will Freed)

Will Freed celebrates with his fellow teammates after playing a successful games. (photo/ Will Freed)

Freshmen quarterback, Will Freed, shocked Dial-Roberson Stadium during his first collegiate game at Ohio Northern University. He threw for 439 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Polar Bears, bringing them to a 29-22 victory over Utica. Freed's 439 passing yards is the second-most in ONU history. Needless to say, Freed made a grand entrance into ONU football.

Freed is a freshman Criminal Justice major from San Diego, California. His father, who is one of his primary supporters, moved to Ada, OH while Freed attends college at Ohio Northern. Freed’s mother still resides in San Diego. He chose Ohio Northern because he was really fond of the campus and the football team—of course. During the school year, Freed and his father live in Ada, OH but move back to San Diego in the summer to enjoy the nicer, warmer weather.

Freed has been playing football for 10 years. He started playing when he was in 4th grade and participated in many flag football games, which brought him to playing on the Varsity Football team of his high school and now plays as the starting quarterback of the ONU Football team.

After making his way to the ONU football’s leaderboard, he won the OAC Athlete of the Week award. This award honors an athlete that has excelled or shown excellence in a particular sport. Being that Freed came just 13 yards shy of breaking a school record, he made the cut.

Freed talked about his experience during his first football game at Ohio Northern.

“I was a little nervous at first. It turned out fine because we had been practicing hard all summer. It was the first game. After I completed a couple passes and got hit one time, I was all good,” said Freed.

During an interview with Freed, he expressed that he feels his strengths as a quarterback include throwing, timing and foot work. He hopes to improve his vision, which are his eye reads and keys while he is on the football field. With the college practices, he feels that the players are stronger and you learn more through the coaches and his fellow teammates.

When Freed is not playing football, he enjoys paintballing, playing basketball, bowling and surfing. Spending time in the California warmth is one of Freed’s favorites and he expressed that he is not ready for the infamous cold Ada weather. Freed is also a proud fan of the San Diego Chargers, which is his home team.

Freed is #10 on the ONU Football team and looks forward to playing in many more home games at Ohio Northern. This Saturday, the ONU football team will be at John Carroll University. The kick-off starts at 1:30 p.m.

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