Third-year quarterback who should be the Tigers’ backup ... provides team with experienced depth ... came back from ACL injury which caused him to miss 2010 season ... has good accuracy and a quick release ... completed 11 of 22 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns in 2011 Tiger Bowl ... played for Tigers’ men’s lacrosse team in the spring.
2011 SEASON: Played in five games with one start ... started for Tigers at Maryland on Oct. 1 ... completed 17 of 29 passes for career high 217 yards at Maryland ... completed all three passes for 73 yards and a touchdown against Morgan State ... threw a 10-yard TD pass to Spencer Wilkins ... ran for 44 yards on three carries in win over Colgate ... also completed two-for-two passes for 42 yards ... saw action in win at Old Dominion.
2010 SEASON: Sat out the season due to knee surgery ... earned a medical “red shirt.”
2009 SEASON: Starter in first six games of career as a first-year freshman ... led Tigers to wins in two of six starts ... suffered season-ending knee injury against Delaware ... completed 59 of 112 passes for 691 yards ... threw six touchdown passes and 12 interceptions ... Tigers’ fourth-leading rusher with 132 yards on 31 carries and one TD ... passed for 140 yards and a TD in debut at Northwestern ... named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week after leading Tigers to a 21-17 win over Coastal Carolina ... completed 13 of 18 passes for 132 yards and two TD’s against Coastal ... passed for 188 yards and a TD in 36-28 win at Rhode Island ... threw 78-yard TD pass to Hakeem Moore on second play of game ... clinched URI win with a 35-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter ... ran for career high 74 yards on 13 carries at URI.
At HUNTINGTOWN H.S.: Three-year starter in high school who attended Northern H.S. , St. Mary’s H.S. and graduated from Huntingtown ... led Huntingtown to a 9-2 record and a berth in the state playoffs as senior ... passed for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns for Coach Jerry Franks ... ran for 300 yards and scored two TD’s ... named honorable mention All-State in 2008 ... named All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference and All-County ... quarterbacked St. Mary’s to MIAA title and a 9-3 record as a junior ... passed for more than 2,000 yards ... threw 22 TD passes in 2007 ... led Saints to a 26-20 win over Spalding in 2007 MIAA championship game ... passed for 166 yards and 4 TD’s against Spalding ... named all-conference at St. Mary’s ... led Northern to a 6-4 record as a sophomore, earning All-SMAC notice ... three-sport standout who also wrestled and played lacrosse ... named All-SMAC and All-County as a lacrosse player twice.
PERSONAL: One of nine children in family ... has four brothers and four sisters ... lists father as person he admires most ... father is Colonel Art Athens, USMC (ret.), the Dean of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy ... career goal is to work in law enforcement ... favorite athlete is Tim Tebow ... lists “Remember The Titans” as his favorite movie ... enjoys listening to music by Kenny Chesney ... most memorable experience was winning the MIAA title in 2007 ... mother is a graduate of New Hampshire Tech ... son of Art and Mistina Athens ... born on January 25, 1991 in Yuma, Ariz. ... major is sports management.