BY Rhiannon Potkey
Ventura County Star
His team was scheduled to play a Thursday night game on national television, and Logan Meyer (St. Bonaventure) was instantly transported back to high school.
The Stonehill College junior quarterback had participated in plenty of high-profile games while helping St. Bonaventure win back-to-back state championships.
Rather than feeling any nerves about playing third-ranked University of New Haven on the CBS Sports Network, Meyer felt only excitement.
He threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns without an interception as Stonehill — a Division II college located in Easton, Mass. — battled New Haven down to the wire in a 45-41 loss.
"I was really happy about the game. I had a lot phone calls from my friends back home," Meyer said. "They had no idea we were even playing on TV, but they ended up watching it. That was pretty cool to hear. They probably would have never seen me play otherwise."
The 6-foot-1, 224-pound Meyer followed that performance with a record-setting victory over Pace University.
He completed 24 of 35 passes for a single-game, program-record 385 yards and school record-tying six touchdowns.
Meyer's totals gave him a single-season, program-record 1,913 passing yards for Stonehill.
Entering the final game of the season on Saturday, Meyer needed 571 yards to become the program's all-time career leader in passing yards with one full season of eligibility still remaining.
"The game has started to slow down for me and has become easier to manage," Meyer said. "Even though it's Division II, college football is still a lot faster than high school. But I have the concepts down now they are trying to teach and I feel more confident."
It was Bennett who helped Meyer get to Stonehill.
"Coming out of high school I didn't have any crazy amount of offers because I didn't really pass the eye test with my height," Meyer said. "But once Timmy committed, they threw out an offer to me and I took it. I thought it would cool to have a friend here and go to a school where I could get a great education."
Meyer's transition was not easy as he battled homesickness as a freshman.
"I struggled being 3,000 miles away from my family. I come from a family of nine kids, so it was really hard for me to adjust," said Meyer, who has four brothers and four sisters. "My mom was awesome, though. I would call and talk to her every day. But now in my third year, it's much easier to deal with."
Meyer has played through a lot of pain. He injured his wrist as a freshman, tore a ligament in his thumb and suffered a high ankle sprain as a sophomore and has been playing with a broken left non-throwing hand this season.
"I've been able to tape it up and play with a brace the doctor gave me," Meyer said. "I am glad because this is the first time I've actually got to play the full season."
Meyer plans to return home to spend Thanksgiving with his family. Then, he'll return to Stonehill and begin preparing for his final season.
"It's weird because I used to be the one getting help from older guys, and now I have a freshman coming in who is going to take my place eventually," Meyer said. "I am trying to mentor him now like the older guys mentored me. Time is definitely flying by."