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Girard product Mark Waid announces he will transfer from YSU

Correspondent file photo / Robert Hayes Girard graduate and YSU quarterback Mark Waid looks for an open receiver during a game in 2019.

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State quarterback Mark Waid is transferring, according to a tweet he sent out Tuesday afternoon.

Waid started at quarterback in four games for YSU during its shortened spring season, and played in six of those contests. In 2019 under then-head coach Bo Pelini, he appeared in four games.

However, Demeatric Crenshaw took over starting duties this fall, and Waid was shifted into other positions on the field, though somewhat sparingly. He had played as an H-back and in a wildcat formation, including as recently as last Saturday’s game at Northern Iowa.

Waid, who appeared in each of YSU’s last two games, says he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

During his career, Waid completed 69 of his 112 passes for 599 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 283 yards and two touchdowns on 87 carries in the spring. He’s run for 20 yards this fall and has also recorded 31 yards receiving.

A product of Girard High School, Waid threw for 11,658 yards with the Indians, fourth all-time in Ohio history. He won the 2018 James A. Rhodes Award, given by the Touchdown Club of Columbus to the Ohio High School Football Player of the Year.

His 117 touchdown passes at Girard are ninth in state history, and he was an All-Ohio Division IV selection as well as Trumbull County Player of the Year. He also rushed for 1,776 yards and 26 touchdowns.

His 6,152 yards of total offense in 2018 were second nationally. Girard finished as the state runner-up in Waid’s senior season.

In his tweet, Waid said, “Thank you Bo Pelini, YSU, and the Mahoning Valley for the past two years. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the Mahoning Valley. With that said, I have entered the transfer portal with 3 years of eligibility. I am looking forward to continuing my academic and athletic career and starting the next chapter of my life.”

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