Name: Austin Wiegand
School: Oak Harbor
Height: 6' 2''
Overview: Last week, Wiegand rushed for 129 yards on 22 carries in Oak Harbor's 43-21 loss to Genoa. In the Rockets' loss to Genoa, Wiegand gave the Comets fits all night, scrambling and getting out into the open field.
Wiegand's ability as a dual threat has allowed the Rockets to open up the playbook a bit this season, as his running ability has created more opportunities for the offense. In fact, Wiegand's play will likely be instrumental in determining how successful Oak Harbor is this season.
Last season, Wiegand played wide receiver and defensive back while Brian Mallernee served as the team's quarterback. After Mallernee, who is playing baseball at Ohio Northern University, graduated last spring, Wiegand took over under center. Thus far, he's done a quality job of replacing Mallernee.
In Oak Harbor's 63-6 win over Sheffield Brookside in Week 1, Wiegand didn't provide nearly as much offense as running back Mark Konieczny, who carried the ball 15 times for 243 yards and four touchdowns. Wiegand did, however, do some damage through the air, completing 2-of-2 passes for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Wiegand, who grew up just outside of Toledo, moved to Oak Harbor in the fourth grade and plans on attending college next year. He's also a well-rounded student-athlete, having earned letters in basketball and track and field, and is a member of DECA. On top of that, he sports sideburns that would make even Elvis Presley jealous.
Wiegand is expecting big things from his team in 2012.
“I would love to win the conference and make the playoffs,” Wiegand, one of the team's four captains, said. “I've always had high expectations for myself and the team. With 15 seniors and talent across the board, there's no reason we can't make some noise (this season).”