Briefly a Hen, Middletown product Wade shines in Bowling Green QB debut

For all intents and purposes, Darius Wade’s memorable football career came to a quiet end last fall.

The former Middletown High star quarterback transferred from Boston College to Delaware for what was supposed to be his final collegiate season.

But Wade never took the field in a real game for the Blue Hens, apparently dealing with an injury and eventually fading into the background as Pat Kehoe won the UD starting quarterback job.

Darius Wade

Yet somehow Wade has resurfaced at FBS Division I Bowling Green where, on Thursday night, the left-handed threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 46-3 season-opening win over Morgan State.

According to a social-media post from Wade last February, he actually suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last August when he was a member of the UD squad. Wade wrote that a doctor in Atlanta eventually told him that the injury was career ending.

“However, I still do not plan on giving up on my football career and calling it quits,” Wade wrote at the time. “Football has granted me many fantastic opportunities and I do not want my career to end because of something that is out of my control. I will do everything in my power to get back on that field and show the entire world what Darius Wade can really do!”

That opportunity finally came a month ago when Bowling Green found itself with just one QB on its roster.

The Falcons’ first-year head coach is Scot Loeffler, who was the offensive coordinator at BC when Wade was there. Wade was granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA and here he is as a sixth-year college player.

Wade completed 22-of-32 passes in Thursday’s contest while also running for 42 yards on four carries. It was his first real game action since the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl when he was at Boston College.

Wade did play in the Hens’ 2018 spring game.

According to a story in the Toldeo Blade, Wade realized he had regained his throwing ability while working out with some UD teammates before an NFL pro day last spring. Apparently, his shoulder had responded well to five months of rest.

Even then, however, Wade didn’t have a place to play. According to the Blade, Wade was working as a supervisor at Home Depot.

“I felt like I could still play football and really wanted to,” Wade said after Thursday’s game. “Just being back out there, throughout the whole game, I was looking around here going, ‘I’m really out here.’ A month ago I was at home but now I’m playing in a Division I football game.

“It was surreal but I was very happy and excited to be out there with my new teammates. … Through my age and experience I was able to rev it up when it really mattered most.”

“For a guy that hasn’t played in a year, not bad,” said Loeffler.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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