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Derek Batt, BGHS grad, has opportunity for playing time at UT (7-23-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 17:39
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Derek Batt
DETROIT — In football, even scholarship players have problems earning playing time.
It’s even more difficult for walk-ons, even preferred walk-ons.
Derek Batt, a Bowling Green High School graduate, is getting the opportunity for playing time at the University of Toledo this fall.
‘‘Derek had a really good off-season and really did a nice job in the spring,’’ UT head coach Matt Campbell said. ‘‘He has really progressed in his two and a half years in our program.
‘‘I’m just really proud of him,’’ Campbell continued. ‘‘He’s a tough, physical football player. He’s one of those guys who has truly bought into our program.’’
Batt, 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, is a redshirt sophomore who was a preferred walk-on at UT when Tim Beckman was still the head coach.
At BGHS, Batt was a third-team All-Ohio selection at linebacker as a senior and earned first-team all-district, all-league and all-county honors.
Campbell said Batt will be a factor on all four special teams units — kickoff and kickoff return and punt and punt return.
‘‘He’s a great special teams player,’’ Campbell said. ‘‘I think that will be what his niche will be at least early in the season.
‘‘He’s really prided himself on becoming that guy, who is a special teams guru.’’
In addition to his special teams play, Batt is also a factor at linebacker.
‘‘The thing about Derek is that he can move from outside to inside. He can play a little bit of both which really helps his cause,’’ Campbell said. — CARLE
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:31
 

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