After just one game, there shouldn't be any comparisons for Ashland University redshirt freshman tight end Michael Schweitzer to former Eagle All-American and current Chicago Bears rookie Adam Shaheen.
Schweitzer, however, put up some impressive numbers in his collegiate debut on Thursday (Aug. 31) night in a 26-23 loss at No. 9 Indiana, Pa. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder caught seven passes for 57 yards, including a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a 15-yard score in the second stanza.
Schweitzer isn't the only tight end-playing member of the family. His older brother, Matt, played 41 games at the position for Ashland from 2010-14, and caught 35 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns.
TD Throws In Bunches For Tarnowski
With three more touchdown passes in the season opener, senior quarterback Travis Tarnowski extended his AU record for a career to 83. It was his 25th career multi-TD-pass game (and 17th such game in a row), and his 19th game as an Eagle with at least three scoring strikes.
Tarnowski goes into Week 2 at home vs. Ohio Dominican – Saturday (Sept. 9) at 7 p.m. at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field – with 8,480 career passing yards and 8,773 career total offense yards. Both figures are second all-time in Ashland history behind Billy Cundiff (9,143 passing yards and 9,662 total offense yards).
In four career Week 1 games at Ashland, Tarnowski is 77-for-121 (63.6 percent) for 1,071 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Irby Off To The Races
Senior cornerback Dale Irby is in his third season returning kickoffs and punts for the Eagles, and his best day doing both came in Thursday's loss. Irby racked up 157 yards on five kickoff returns and 32 yards on two punt returns – setting a career-high in KOR yards and combined return yards in a game.
Success – And Close Defeats – On The Road
Since the start of the 2014 season, the Eagles are 12-5 away from home. The last three of those road losses all have been by three points each.
Run, Eagles, Run
Ashland ran 40 times and passed 36 times against the Crimson Hawks. It is the third consecutive game, and sixth game in the last seven, in which the Eagles have attempted more runs than passes.