Whiteford grad Tesznar to dress for Eastern Michigan University in Saturday’s Camelia Bowl

Whiteford graduate and Eastern Michigan University football player Lucas Tesznar will dress for Saturday’s Raycom Media Camelia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.

The game will be televised live on ESPN at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Tesznar was a two-time First Team All-State player for the Bobcats, playing from 2015-2017. He joined the EMU football team this fall as a walk on. He earned the roster spot and will be in uniform for the Eagles Saturday when they take on Georgia Southern after being named the Scout team player of the week for EMU.

He will wear No. 65.

“Lucas was and is a tremendous player,” Whiteford football coach Jason Mensing said. “To see him have success in his first year, earning respect at the NCAA Division 1 level, is something I’m not surprised by. I hope generations of Bobcats will learn the results you can have when you are willing to fully invest in a cause and have the utmost of integrity.”

The 7-5 Eagles are playing in their second college football bowl game in three seasons for the first time in school history.

With a win, EMU will have posted eight wins, something that hasn’t happened in the program since the 1987 California Bowl-bound Eagles went 10-2. If the Eagles were to beat Georgia Southern Saturday, it would be just the seventh time in EMU’s 127-year history that the Eagles have posted eight-or-more wins in a season.

EMU is currently in the middle one of the best three-year stretches in program history. EMU is 19-18 since 2016, its most wins in a three-season span since 1987-89 when the Eagles went 10-2, 6-3-1, and 7-3-1.

  • Image courtesy of Eastern Michigan University athletics

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