Quad Law's coming home

| Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Gannon University wide receiver Percy “Quad” Law is savoring his chance for a personal homecoming this weekend.

The Ringgold graduate returns to the Mid-Mon Valley as his Golden Knights (4-3, 3-1) clash with Cal U (5-2, 3-1) in a key Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-West battle at noon Saturday at Adamson Stadium.

“You could say it's kind of a home game for me,” said Law, a Donora native. “I've been talking to a bunch of friends and family and there should be a good number of them at the game. It's an easy drive for them.”

A former Ringgold gridiron standout and 2011 Class AAA all-state second teamer, the diminutive but explosive Law (5-foot-7, 182 pounds) is excelling at the collegiate level.

Nicknamed “Quad” since birth — he is named Percy Law like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather before him — Law has become a vital cog in an explosive Gannon squad averaging nearly 36 points per game.

Playing mostly slot receiver, the sophomore is second on the team in receptions (32) and receiving yards (438) and owns the Golden Knights longest catch of the season – a 69-yard touchdown in Week 2 against West Chester.

“I stayed (on campus) all summer long with about 50 players and we really gelled. Our team chemistry is, by far, the biggest improvement from last year,” Law said. “The chemistry between wide receivers and our quarterback is amazing. It makes it a lot easier to adapt to situations while the game is going on.”

Just like during his high school days, Law is a special teams threat, too. He is averaging 24.1 yards per kickoff return for Gannon, including a 93-yard touchdown return. He's also returned a pair of punts for a 9-yard average.

Law's flexibility and numbers come as no surprise to Ringgold coach Matt Humbert.

“That's exactly what I expected. I always told people that whatever team gets him lands a dynamic player in more than one way,” Humbert said. “I know a couple of the bigger schools wanted him to be a preferred walk on, but he's such a lethal football player with good lateral movement.

“He's a kid you want with the ball in his hands. ... He's a steal (for Gannon).”

After playing quarterback for Ringgold, Law was being recruited by bigger schools as a skill position player with Division-I ability, but his size was always in question. That motivates him to “play big” on Saturdays.

“I play with a chip on my shoulder and being small adds determination to my game,” Law said. “People always seemed to talk about things I can't do because I'm smaller. But come game day, I show a whole different side of me. I want to cause a problem for the other team whether I'm 5-6 or 6-5.”

Law's younger brother, Nico, currently quarterbacks playoff-bound Ringgold. The senior has a chance to join an exclusive club of WPIAL signal callers with 1,000 yards rushing and passing in one season.

Quad Law, who hasn't been able to come home and see his brother play because Gannon practices on Fridays, claims the sibling rivalry between he and Nico is purely one-sided.

“Being a younger brother, he'll try to make it a competitive thing, but it's not that big a deal to me because I want him to be better than I was,” said Quad, who goes online to watch game highlights of his younger brother. “I'm impressed what he's doing. I'm kind of speechless. ... He wanted me to check out a play because he said he looked faster than me. I just said, ‘OK. We'll just have to race whenever I come home.'”

For now, Law said his focus is on Cal U – a program he said snubbed him during the recruiting process.

“I was interested in going to Cal, but I called them one day, and the coach was kind of sugarcoating things before telling me they just wanted linemen,” Law said.

“I got the call a few days later from (Gannon coach) Brad Rzyczycki. ... When I came on my visit it was raining so I didn't see much of the campus. After I signed, I was having second thoughts, but after that, I fell in love with the place. The players, the coaches, the school. Everything's great.”

Cal U, Gannon and Slippery Rock will enter Saturday in a three-way tie for the top spot in the PSAC West Conference. Only one team advances to the PSAC championship, so Saturday's game could eventually serve as a tiebreaker.

“Right now we're tied for first, but we win this and we'll have a leg up,” Law said. “We just have to mentally prepare and focus all week. We can't think about the bigger picture. It's Cal first, everything else second.”

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at rbruni@tribweb.com or 724-684-2635.

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