One would assume Tyler Tettleton would love baseball.

After all, his father, Mickey, played 13 seasons in Major League Baseball.

But ...

"It was just boring to me," said Tettleton, who played baseball until the sixth grade. "You know, it really wasn't my sport."

In addition to being too slow, the Ohio University quarterback said baseball wasn't physical enough for him.

"I was always a football and basketball guy," Tettleton said. "I just love those two sports.

"I just ended up sticking with football and it got me where I am now."

And that could be a bad thing for the Owls in Wednesday's Mid-American East Division showdown in Athens, Ohio.

Though undersized, the 5-foot-11, 206-pound redshirt sophomore is a big playmaker for the Bobcats (5-3, 2-2). He's someone Temple (5-3, 3-2) must contain in order to win.

The first-year starter is on pace to shatter Ohio's single-season records for passing yardage and touchdown passes.

His 1,979 passing yards rank seventh in school history and are 390 yards shy of the record (2,369) set by Theo Scott in 2009.  Scott also set the passing touchdown mark (20) that season. Tettleton is three spots back with 17 touchdown passes.

As a result, he's no longer recognized as the son of a former baseball player in his hometown of Norman, Okla. Folks refer to Mickey as the father of a standout quarterback.

"He told me that happened to him the other day at the golf course," Tettleton said.  "When he told them he was Mickey Tettleton, they asked him about me. But back in the day, they asked me about him. So it's pretty cool to have it flip-flop like that.

"But I respect what my dad did. I was always watching him growing up."

His father was drafted in the fifth round by the Oakland Athletics in 1981. He made his Major League debut with the Athletics in 1984. The catcher, first baseman and designated hitter also played for the Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers. He was a two-time all-star.