BW Class of 1983 | Induction Class of 2008
Larry Mills ‘83 was a baseball and football player at the College and was one of the best defensive backs and all-purpose players in school history. He played defensive back on defense and wide receiver on offense, ran back both punts and kickoffs and was the holder for placekicker Steve Varga.
He was a three-year starter and letterman on the gridiron and first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference player in 1982 and OAC Defensive Player of the Week (versus Wooster) on a team that was ranked No.1 nationally for much of the season. He once held the Finnie Stadium record for longest kickoff return for a touchdown (94 yards versus Otterbein in 1979) and punt return for a TD (55 yards versus Ohio Northern in 1979). He still co-holds the record for most interceptions in a game (three versus Wittenberg in the 1980 OAC Championship Game). Mills also was a starter on the undefeated team of 1980 and played on three OAC Championship teams. He had seven career interceptions and scored touchdowns four ways in his career (receiving, kickoff return, punt return and interception). Mills played for both Lee Tressel and Bob Packard.
In addition to his gridiron and baseball career at BW, he was a member of the Kappa Mu Epsilon (mathematics) Honor Society and active in the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.