Graduate of Pullman (Wash.) High School will have three years of eligibility plus a redshirt season remaining
Sophomore quarterback J.T. Levenseller has transferred from Washington State University to Eastern Washington University and will play football for the Eagles, Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin has announced.
Baldwin said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Levenseller has been admitted and enrolled at EWU after receiving his official release to transfer from WSU where he played for former Eastern head coach Paul Wulff. The 2007 graduate of Pullman (Wash.) High School will be eligible to play this season, and has three years of eligibility plus a redshirt season remaining.
Baldwin said Levenseller would become Eastern's sixth quarterback in the program. He joins four-year senior starter Matt Nichols, freshmen redshirts Jeff Minnerly and Scott Burgett, true freshman Anthony Vitto and walk-on junior Nick Gauthier.
"We're going to see how it goes," said Baldwin, who coached quarterbacks at EWU when the school originally recruited Levenseller while he was in high school. "We have to see J.T. on the practice field and see his capabilities. When we first recruited him, he was an outstanding quarterback but we also thought he was athletic enough to be a receiver for us as well. We'll start him out at the quarterback position and see where he stands."
Minnerly and Burgett are currently competing for the backup job behind Nichols, but have yet to throw their first collegiate pass. As a true freshman last season, Levenseller saw action in four games and completed 17-of-34 passes for 134 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns.
"It's a competition right now for that No. 2 spot, and I don't have an answer right now of who that will be," Baldwin added. "J.T. definitely adds to that mix, but the other luxury is that he also is available to redshirt and have three years left to play. We'll let it all play out during camp and we'll have a better idea once we start the season."
Levenseller will be among familiar company at EWU as he and two current Eagles helped lead Pullman to the State 2A football title in fall 2005. Eagle linebacker J.C. Sherritt ('06), wide receiver Ashton Gant ('06) and Levenseller led Pullman to a perfect 14-0 record that season. Former Eagle Marcus Walker helped Pullman finish 11-3 and advance to the 2A title game in 2003. Walker, whose father also coached at WSU, graduated in 2004 from Pullman.
QB - 6-1 - 190 - So. - TR - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS '07)
WSU: Levenseller initially signed with Washington State's 2007 recruiting class but delayed enrollment until January 2008 (making him a true freshman in fall 2008). He played in four games late in the 2008 season after season-ending injuries to Gary Rogers and Marshall Lobbestael. He finished the year completing 17-of-34 passes for 134 yards with two interceptions. He saw his first action at Stanford (11/1/08), completing 2-of-4 passes for 20 yards. He was 2-of-5 for 20 yards the following week against Arizona (11/8/08) and completed 7-of-14 passes for 41 yards at Arizona State (11/15/08). In WSU's finale against Hawaii (11/29/08), he was 6-of-11 for 53 yards, including a season-long 28-yard completion. HS: Graduated from Pullman HS in 2007. As a senior in 2006, he was a first team All-State defensive back and second-team All-State quarterback. He was named to the Associated Press 2A All-State Team on both offense and defense as he garnered first-team All-Great Northern League honors at quarterback and was a second-team all-league defensive back. Named by the Seattle Times as a "Red Chip" selection as one of the top 29 recruits in the State of Washington. As a junior, he earned second team All-State honors and was a first team all-league selection. He guided the Greyhounds to an undefeated 14-0 record and the WIAA State 2A championship. He earned three varsity letters each in football, basketball and baseball. As a junior, he earned honorable mention All-State honors as a baseball outfielder. He hit .427 to earn all-league honors as well. In basketball, he earned second-team all-tournament honors while helping Pullman to a seventh-place finish at the State 2A Tournament in 2005. Among his former teammates at Pullman were current Eagle linebacker J.C. Sherritt ('06) and wide receiver Ashton Gant ('06). Former Eagle Marcus Walker, whose father also coached at WSU, graduated in 2004 from Pullman. Personal: Born 2/1/89. His parents are Mike and Allison Levenseller, and he has one younger sister named Jordan. His father Mike played football for WSU and is currently the wide receivers coach for former EWU head coach and current WSU head coach Paul Wulff. J.T.'s full name is Michael Jack Thomas Levenseller, and he was named after former Cougar quarterback Jack Thompson, who played with his father at WSU. A 3.2 student in high school, he plans to pursue a major in sport management.
PASSING - G/GS - PA - PC - PI - YDS - TD - LG -
2008 (WSU) - 4/0 - 34 - 17 - 2 - 134 - 0 - 28 - 71.34