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Prospect List: QB Mike Baur

Mike Baur
Wyoming Valley West HS, Plymouth, PA
6'4, 207 lbs

(Photo Credit: Eric Conover/Hazleton Standard-Speaker)

It's funny how names can spur Rivalry memories.

If you're a Lehigh or Lafayette football fan of a certain age, you probably remember Lafayette QB Frank Baur, the Leopard QB whose high-powered offenses terrorized the Engineers in the late 80s and early 90s and earned him a spot on Sports Illustrated's college football preview of the 1990 season.

Now, from Lehigh's perspective, the name Baur comes to compete for the "good guys" - perhaps at the same position.

Mike, nephew of the former Lafayette great, recently committed to Lehigh after guiding his Spartans to a 10-2 record and a District 2 Championship.

Baur was Eastern PA Football Honorable Mention and All-Wyoming conference selection his successful senior season, where the versatile, dual-threat quarterback completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,889 yards and 20 touchdowns, while also rushing for 813 yards and 13 scores.

The biggest blemish, though, was a loss to - wait for it - Easton, missing a 2-point conversion in the closing minutes to lose the heartbreaker.

“Overall, we had a positive season,” Baur said. “We think we could have gone farther, and we still feel that we could have won both of the games that we lost. But even after the Easton loss, we didn’t let it get us down and we were able to come back the next week and claim the district title. It’s amazing when you think of it because teams like Scranton and Delaware Valley have good programs. It’s good to know that we were able to bring a district title to Wyoming Valley West.”
Baur is a kid that knows a little something about Easton, Bethlehem, Lehigh, Lafayette, and Rivalries.

Most interesting, though, were the comments made by head coach Steve Shiffert after that thriller against Easton.

“They’re as good as anybody we play in the Lehigh Valley Conference, he said after the game. “That quarterback is a heck of a football player. He’s going to make some college coach real happy.”

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