A Page -- Dec. 31, 2009

International Bowl to "catch" 

Red Raider fever with Shaker's 

Perez Ashford playing wide 

receiver for Northern Saturday 

Dec. 31, 2009

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Perez Ashford of Shaker Heights will be our local student/athlete suiting up for Northern Illinois in Saturday’s International Bowl in Toronto’s Rogers Centre when the Huskies take on South Florida.


The 5-foot-10-inch, 168-pound freshman plays wide receiver for Northern. Ashford earned first-team all-state as a junior and second-team all-state as a senior for the Red Raiders in high school. He caught over 100 passes in those two years alone after catching 38 as a sophomore on the Shaker varsity.


For the Huskies this year, Ashford has caught 10 passes in 10 games for 83 yards. He’s also returned three punts for 62 yards, better than a 20-yard per return average. One of those went for a 44-yard touchdown.

Perez Ashford

 Perez Ashford

The Huskies were leading Miami of Ohio, 10-0, when Ashford returned the punt for a TD, which proved to eventually be a crucial score because Northern had to stave off a RedHawk comeback and hold on for a 27-22 win in Oxford’s Yager Stadium.


Look for Glenville alumnus 

Lindsey Witten to spend time in 

South Carolina's offensive 

backfield in Papa John Bowl --- 

as a defensive end for UConn

Dec. 31, 2009



By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



In Saturday’s Papajohns.com Bowl on Legion Field in Birmingham, the University of Connecticut will have Glenville alumnus Lindsey Witten playing defensive end when the Huskies take on the Gamecocks of South Carolina, whose offense will have to work extra hard to get around him for yardage.


That’s because the 6-foot-5-inch, 260-pound Witten spends a lot of time in the backfield of UConn’s opponents. Witten leads the team in tackles for losses with 13 and in quarterback sacks with 11, ranking among the nation’s leaders in both categories.

Lindsey Witten

Glenville grad Lindsey Witten


Witten is seventh in the nation in sack yardage, knocking back QBs for 66 yards this season. He is averaging just a tad under one sack per game. Only five players in the nation are averaging one sack per contest.


His best game was against North Carolina when he registered four sacks. He had three against Ohio University. He also had four tackles for losses against the Tar Heels. The Huskie senior has thrown running backs for 69 yards in losses on the season.


Witten has also forced two fumbles this season along with 41 total tackles, 27 of those solos.


Last year he had five sacks and six tackles for losses in 11 games. He started only two games as a junior after starting six as a freshman and playing only as a reserve as a sophomore.