Nick Peyakov is going to the University of Mount Union with a plan for his football career.
He wants to start at quarterback and punter, just like he did the past three seasons at Manchester High School.
Peyakov, a 2013 Manchester graduate, is excited to start training camp Aug. 12.
“I am just going to try to do the best I can,” Peyakov said. “I want to go in and learn the playbook and make strides there to play at quarterback. The punting is fun and all, and I will compete for the starting spot, but my main goal is to the be starting quarterback.”
Peyakov, 18, said his best chance to start as a college freshman is at punter after averaging around 42 yards per punt as a high school senior.
He started for three seasons as the Panthers quarterback and punter. He added kicking to his duties last year. During his high school career, he passed for more than 7,000 yards and rushed for more than 700 yards. He threw for 72 touchdowns and ran for 23 more.
“Nick is one of those team players that is very coachable and you love having them on your team,” Manchester football coach Jim France said. “He is a leader and I think the kids looked up to him and enjoyed playing with him.
“He did everything you asked him to do. He is a just a great kid who is well respected by everyone at Manchester.”
Peyakov, who is 6-foot-3 and 205-pounds, helped Manchester make three consecutive playoff appearances. He was an All-Ohio and All-Northeast Ohio Inland District selection in Division IV, and an All-PAC choice.
Peyakov earned three letters in football and two in basketball under coach Gene Schindewolf.
Peyakov plans to double major in marketing and sports business.
Peyakov said the University of Akron, Kent State and Ashland offered him preferred walk-on options.
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