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Monday, February 4, 2013
Watch List QB is All-State safety, too

By Chantel Jennings

There aren’t too many quarterbacks who would volunteer to play both ways for their team when a starting defensive player got injured.

And even fewer who would earn All-State defensive honors during their first season on the field at safety.

But that’s what happened for Watch List quarterback Adam Bertke (Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local), who started the entire season playing both quarterback and safety (and even some on special teams).

“You don’t get the chance to hit people on offense,” Bertke said. “So it was a lot of fun for me.”

Bertke said the accolades were surprising and even though he got more recognition for his defensive play, he’s wants to be a QB at the college level. So far the 2014 prospect has four offers (Toledo, Akron, Illinois, Bowling Green) and is picking up interest from Indiana, Purdue and Michigan State.

Technically, he’s considered a pocket passer, but he displayed some ability with his feet this year, scoring more rushing than passing touchdowns. But in the pocket, Bertke threw for more than 2,000 yards and out of the pocket he rushed for more than 1,000.

“I think I have the athletic ability to escape the pocket and make something happen from dead plays,” Bertke said. “I’m definitely a better passer but I’ve really improved my running game so I can do both.”

Bertke is playing basketball games right now so he has games on most Fridays and Saturdays, so visits have been difficult. But he’s hoping to stop in to Bowling Green and Toledo in late February, and make visits to Illinois and Indiana in March.

Academics and football tradition are the two aspects that will weigh most heavily into his decision, which he’s not sure when he’ll make.

“I want to go there to win, not just to play,” Bertke said.