(4-23-18) Former Celina Bulldog QB Mike Bath was featured in a recent cleveland.com story about the upcoming NFL Draft and the possibility of the Cleveland Browns drafting Wyoming QB Josh Allen as the #1 overall draft choice. The draft will be held fthis week (April 26 to 28) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Bath was a former college teammate with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger when Ben was a true freshman at Miami:
“I was at Miami (Ohio) when Ben was a true freshman, my fifth year. I remember looking over when he was getting some reps in fall camp my fifth year, saying to one of the backup quarterbacks, ‘crap, it’s a good thing I’m a fifth-year senior because I’d be playing safety next year.”
In the article Bath gave some insights into a comparison of Allen and Roethlisberger.
“But he’s got some of those field characteristics and football characteristics as Ben like the ability to throw on the run, and make a play with his feet at an extremely high level.”
In 2012, Bath became the quarterbacks coach at Miami (Ohio) and coached Miami QB Zac Dysert, who set school records for career total offense (12,678) and career passing yards (12,013). Dysert was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2013, and was part of a Bronco team that made a run to the Super Bowl his rookie season.
So Bath knows about college quarterbacks, both as a player and as a coach.
A three-year starter at quarterback for Miami from 1998-2000, Bath had a record of 23-10 as a starter and led the RedHawks to the MAC East Division Co-Championship as a sophomore in 1998. That team went 10-1 with a 7-1 conference mark. Among those 10 wins in ‘98 was a 13-10 upset victory over No. 12 ranked North Carolina and a 14-13 non-conference victory over Army. His junior season, Miami upset Northwestern of the Big Ten by a score of 28-3 on the road, and his senior season, the RedHawks defeated Vanderbilt of the SEC 33-30 in Nashville, Tenn. Bath was named one of the team’s Co-MVP his senior season.
Bath went on to say in the article:
“I know this — Josh has been prepared. He’s been taught the right way, very systematically by Brent (Vigen). Brent is as good a QBs coach as there is around, period. The foundation is there and Josh is learning how to study and how to handle protections and Brent has prepared him to go to the next level. You may call it something different, but his foundation is there, he’s learned and he’s very strong in that area.”
Maybe teams interested in Allen should give Mike a call about the value of this QB, just like the Farmer’s Insurance commercial :
He knows a thing or two because he has seen a thing or two.
Mike Bath (#7) as a Senior (1995) QB at Celina-