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In fact, had you asked Hemm when he was in junior high, he never would have given a thought about playing quarterback at the college level. He came up through the youth and junior high programs as a running back.

"I did (always think about playing college football)," Hemm said. "But, I never would have expected to be playing quarterback - or playing at Ball State."

But, a fateful decision was made his freshman year. At, the time, future Mr. Football and Ohio State running back Brandon Saine was a sophomore in the Indians backfield.

"The freshman coaches made the decision to move Justin (Hemm) to running back," Nees said. "He had the ability to play the position. And I think they (Justin Hemm, Brandon Saine) complimented each other in the backfield).

The rest as they say is history.

In Hemm's three years as Piqua's starting quarterback, the Indians compiled a record of 27-10.

He completed 226 of 454 passes for 3,702 yards and 40 touchdowns, while throwing just 25 interceptions. His talents at running back carried over to the quarterback position, were he rushed 3,005 yards on 482 carries and run for 25 touchdowns.

None of which was a surprise to Nees.

"You can see it in the guys who are going to be special," Nees said. "You definitely could see that (when Hemm was a freshman)."

Hemm is the single season and career passing leader at Piqua. He also ranks fourth in career rushing and his junior and senior seasons are in the top ten for single season rushing. He is also in the top ten in career points.

But, there is one question that will be debated for years to come.

"When you talk about the great quarterbacks at Piqua, his name has to be in discussion," Nees said.

And there is no question about that.

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