Ron Duncan’s grandson to play football at Wittenberg

Liam Duncan, a quarterback from South Eugene, Ore., is the grandson of Ron Duncan, one of the more celebrated Wittenberg athletes ever.

Ron Duncan, who died in 2013 at 70, was a tight end on the the 1963 and 1964 college division national championship teams. He played professionally with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.

Liam grew up in Oregon but visited Springfield at least once a year. His grandparents Karen Duncan and Jim and Joann Riley still live in Springfield. He said he has more family in Springfield than in Oregon.

“They thought it was great,” Liam said. “I’ve been looking for a long, long time. It was a challenging decision. I’m making a decision for the rest of my life.”

Liam’s dad Dan played football at the University of Hawaii. His uncle Ron Duncan played at Ball State.

“I’ve been around Wittenberg pretty much my whole life,” Liam said. “I’ve always known about it. I took my visit in January, and I thought it was very welcoming. It’s a great campus. I love Coach (Joe) Fincham. I think he’s a great guy.”

Wittenberg’s recruiting class includes 63 players, including one from Springfield High School, linebacker Jason Gregory.

“In Division III, the focus is to recruit a new team every year,” said Fincham, whose 20th season begins Sept. 5 with a 1:30 p.m. game at Capital. “We actually have another big senior class coming through. We really need players across the board. Almost all of our starting skill guys on offense are seniors. The secondary, most will be seniors. The defensive line, two or three will be seniors. We’ve got to get some guys ready to go for 2017.”

Other players in the class to keep an eye on:

• Jake Kennedy, a quarterback from Bellefontaine who threw 18 touchdowns and four interceptions as a senior.

• Tyler Pearson, a defensive lineman from New Albany, whose principal Dwight Carter played football and ran track at Wittenberg and is a member of the Hall of Honor.

• Logan Kirby, a 6-foot-6 tight end from Bloomington, Ind.

• Jair Knox, a wide receiver from Cincinnati Purcell Marian, whose athletic director is former Tiger Andy Pope.

• Thomas Barnes, a punter/kicker from Dayton Carroll.

• Rashon Edwards, a defensive back from Cincinnati St. Xavier.

• D’Anthony Dorsey, a defensive lineman from Lakeland, Fla.

• D’Angelo Gaines, a running back from Frostproof, Fla., the same school as Wittenberg’s starting quarterback, Zack Jenkins.

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