Mitchell Faine Becoming One To Watch

Ada, Ohio, junior quarterback Mitchell Faine has led his team into the state playoffs following a remarkable season as a first year starter. Faine, who has succeeded record-setting Zac Dysert as the starter, is completing 70 percent of his passes, and had thrown for more than 3,000 yards. Bill Greene has the latest on Faine.

It's no surprise that Ada, Ohio, junior quarterback Mitchell Faine is starting to attract attention from college recruiters. Faine, 6-foot-4 and 195-pounds, has thrown for more than 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns in his first year as the starting quarterback.

Faine visited Ohio State for the game against Penn State, and came away impressed with his time in Columbus.

"I went to Ohio State last week for the Penn State game," Faine said. "It was a great atmosphere, and I had a great time down there. The Ohio State coaching staff has been talking to my head coach, but I haven't had any contact with them, other than by mail. I did speak to Doc Tressel before the game for a little bit. He said he was following how I did this year, and he wished us well in the playoffs."

Faine, who backed up Miami (Ohio) recruit Zac Dysert last year, has been hearing from several colleges in the past few weeks.

"I visited Cincinnati the previous week for their game, and I have been to a game at Bowling Green earlier this year," he said. "Cincinnati has a really good team, and I loved their stadium. I like the coaching staff at Cincinnati a lot, and how they run their offense. Bowling Green is only 40 minutes from home, and they're starting to do real well. I'm hearing from most of the MAC schools, too."

Faine admitted he learned a lot backing up Dysert last year, and has tried to take what he learned as a backup to the field this year.

"I think I'm similar to Zac in a lot of ways, including size and arm strength," Faine said. "I think he throws a better deep ball than I do, but I'm working hard on that aspect of my game. I'm looking forward to getting to a lot of different camps next spring to see where I stack up against the other quarterbacks. I think I'll be a lot better next year after getting a lot of needed experience this year. I think I'm a pocket passer, but I've been carrying the ball about ten times per game. I play basketball, and I think I have above-average athletic ability. This summer I'll be working on foot speed and quickness."

Ada opened the first round of the playoffs by defeating Hilltop 56-8 in Division VI action. Faine completed 23 of 30 passes for 375 yards and five touchdowns.

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