Glenwood’s Townsley to play football at Wisconsin-Oshkosh
During a conversation back in October, Glenwood senior quarterback Jake Townsley was unsure if football would be part of his future in college. Six months later there’s now certainty with the standout Demon quarterback.
Townsley, who passed for 1,071 yards and five touchdowns while adding 768 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, will continue his football career at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a Division III school in Wisconsin.
“I was looking for a very competitive program that wanted to win and had a history of winning,” Townsley said. “Obviously, they have that history in Division III. I was talking to a couple of Division II schools for a little bit, but I felt that I could play more at Division III.”
A starter under center the last two seasons for Glenwood, Townsley will make the trek east nearly 1,200 miles to the shores of Lake Michigan for a chance to run the show for the Titans, who are coming off of an appearance in the DIII national championship game against the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.
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“Jake made this decision all on his own,” Glenwood Head Coach Rocky Whitworth said. “He researched a lot of out-of-state schools all on his own. He definitely wanted to leave the state. Once he found them I began to talk to their coaching staff, film was exchanged and things went from there.”
Townsley will have a shot at earning a starting job under center with the Titans, but as a talented athlete he’ll have a shot at cracking the starting lineup early in his career at wide receiver or defensive back.
Following the end of his senior season with the Demons, Townsley was up in the air whether he’d pursue football at the next level, but after watching film of his football career, the thought of not having football as part of his life was a thought that bothered him.
“I wasn’t sure during the end of 2016 whether I’d want to play football or not moving forward, but mostly the thought of not being able to play football was something I didn’t feel I could live with,” Townsley said. “I missed it so much when watching film that I knew I’d miss it too much if I didn’t pursue playing football at the next level.”
After two years as a starter for the Demons at quarterback, Townsley leaves behind a strong legacy that includes helping turn around the Demons in 2016, leading them to a 5-5, 3-2 4A Western Slope League record. In his two seasons as a starter, Townsley finished with more than 2,000 career passing yards and over 1,000 rushing yards for Glenwood.
“Jake has been an absolute pleasure to coach,” Whitworth said. “He’s done everything I’ve asked of him. He was our guy this year, and I’m very proud of the fact that he was able to have a wonderful career as a Demon.”
Townsley will officially head to Oshkosh this summer on Aug. 12 for the start of training camp with the Titans.
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