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North Allegheny's Leftwich commits to Stephen F. Austin

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Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, 10:21 p.m.
 

Stephen F. Austin was the first school to offer a scholarship to Mack Leftwich, overlooking his size and focusing instead on his accuracy and accomplishments as a passer.

That played into the North Allegheny quarterback's decision to make a verbal commitment to the Lumberjacks, a Division I FCS program in Nacogdoches, Texas, his native state.

“They had the guts to offer me, and I was the first quarterback they offered,” Leftwich said. “That meant a lot.”

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Leftwich is leading the WPIAL in passing this season, completing 51 of 78 attempts for 1,180 yards and 15 touchdowns through five games for the two-time defending WPIAL Class AAAA champion and top-ranked Tigers.

Leftwich passed for 2,223 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 933 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, after moving to North Allegheny from Tulsa, Okla., when his father, Spencer, was hired to coach Pitt's offensive line. Leftwich lived in Denton, Texas for most of his childhood.

“It's a good fit for me,” Leftwich said. “They run a wide-open offense. They throw the ball 40-50 times a game. I like the coaching staff and will have an opportunity to play early.”

 

 

 
 


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