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Trenton Lykes | YSU Athletics Hall of Fame

Trenton Lykes

  • Football (1983-87)
  • Inducted 1997

Trenton Lykes was arguably one of the best quarterbacks ever to play for the Penguins. Many consider that Lykes can be ranked at the top with former Penguin greats Ron Jaworski and Cliff Stoudt, both of whom went on to star in the National Football League.

Lykes starred for the Penguins from 1983 to 1987, and still holds a number of school records. He was a four-year starter and letterwinner, guiding the Penguins to the playoffs during his senior season in 1987.

The 1987 season was a memorable one for Lykes and the Penguins. In Jim Tressel's second season as head coach, Lykes guided the Penguins to their first Ohio Valley Conference title and their first trip to the NCAA I-AA Playoffs, a game they lost 31-28 to North­ern Iowa.

In a 35-20 season-opening loss to Eastern Michi­gan, Lykes completed 31-of-51 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns. He also tossed for 303 yards in a 18-15 win over Tennessee Tech, including a game-winning touchdown pass with just 2:05 left in the game.

Individually, Lykes was on fire. He set seven school and conference marks en route to being named the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He finished the season, throwing for 2,452 yards and 15 touchdowns. He averaged 204 yards passing per game.

As a junior, Lykes was nearly as successful. He led the OVC in passing and total offense, and was 11th in the NCAA in passing efficiency. He threw for 2,188 yards and ten touchdowns.

Currently, Lykes holds four school records. He is the Penguins all-time leader in total offense with 6,846 yards, which includes 5,865 yards passing. He ranks first in pass completions in a season with 216, first in pass completions in a career with 502, and first in touchdown passes in a career with 40.

He starred scholastically at Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio. He was a four-year letterwinner in foot­ball, basketball, baseball and track. He was a state champion in track and field as a senior.

He and his wife, Brandi, have two children, Bran­don, and Jordan.

He is currently a captain in the United State Army.