Several former local football standouts have gone on to the next level to play college football and many are making an impact for their teams this season. More than 30 players that graduated from either Calhoun, Gordon Central or Sonoraville can be found on college football rosters throughout the nation, and several of those saw action in their team’s most recent game. Here’s a roundup of the former local players who appeared in the box score and how they did last week:
KENNY COOPER, Georgia Tech, Sonoraville
Cooper, a freshman center, made his collegiate debut as he saw action on the offensive line in the second half of the Jackets’ 38-7 win at home over Vanderbilt. “We got to see Kenny Cooper. Went in there, and as the game went on, Kenny Cooper, he improved.” said Georgia Tech offensive line coach Mike Sewak. “I thought that’s something we expected him to do. He started off, and I think the first couple snaps, he was awful high, and he was probably in shock. Didn’t make any calls, didn’t call any techniques. He told me so. He said, ‘I couldn’t think anything out there except go run my path and knew what gap I was responsible for, and just get anybody who was in that gap.’ And he was honest. I appreciated his honesty. He did play the game. He did not creep off the ball. He did explode off the ball.”
JIREH WILSON, Wofford, Calhoun
Wilson, a freshman linebacker, had two solo and one assisted tackle for a total of three in the Terriers’ 59-0 home win over Johnson C. Smith University on Saturday. Among his stops he had a sack and two tackles-for-loss.
DREW McENTYRE, The Citadel, Calhoun
McEntyre, a freshman, started at right guard in the Bulldogs’ 31-24 win at Gardner-Webb on Saturday. He helped pave the way the rushing attack to total 419 yards on 66 attempts for The Citadel, which is now 3-0 on the season.
ADAM GRIFFITH, Alabama, Calhoun
Griffith was 2-of-3 on field goals with makes from 32 and 30 yards and went 6-for-6 on PATs in the Crimson Tide’s 48-43 comeback win at Ole Miss on Saturday. The redshirt-senior kicker also handled kickoff duties with nine kicks, averaging 63 yards per attempt, and had seven touchbacks. He was named one of three Special Teams Players of the Week by the coaches for the third straight week in the early season.
SEBASTIAN WILLER, Georgia State, Calhoun
Willer, a redshirt-junior, started at right tackle for the Panthers in their 23-17 loss at Wisconsin on Saturday.
MARCUS (MJ) REYNOLDS, Lane College, Gordon Central
Reynolds threw for 87 yards on 8-of-21 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions in the Dragons’ 46-44 win over Langston on Saturday. The sophomore quarterback also ran for 67 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns.
TAYLOR LAMB, Appalachian State, Calhoun
Lamb, a redshirt-junior quarterback, threw for 115 yards on 10-of-21 passing with one touchdown and one interception during the Mountaineers’ 45-10 loss at home to Miami.
BLAINE ANDERSON, Shorter, Calhoun
Anderson, a freshman defensive lineman, had one solo and one assisted tackle for a total of two in the Hawks’ 40-0 loss last Saturday.
KOLBY REYNOLDS, Mississippi College, Calhoun
Reynolds, a freshman defensive back, had one solo and one assisted tackle for a total of two in the Choctaws’ 38-13 home loss last Saturday.
GABE FREEMAN, West Georgia, Calhoun
Freeman, a senior linebacker, had one solo and one assisted tackle for a total of two in the Wolves’ 34-24 home win over Delta State on Saturday.
THOMAS LESTER, West Georgia, Calhoun
The sophomore receiver Lester had two catches for 25 yards in West Georgia’s 34-24 win over Delta State at home on Saturday.
MATT EDGAR, Lindsey Wilson, Sonoraville
Edgar, a senior kicker, successfully held on 6-of-7 extra points in the Blue Raiders’ 62-23 win over Bluefield College on Saturday.
DJ PRATHER, Chattanooga, Gordon Central
Prather, redshirt-junior defensive lineman, participated but didn’t record any stats in the Mocs’ 21-14 win at Furman on Saturday.
TRENT FRIX, Georgia, Calhoun
Frix, a junior long snapper, saw action in Georgia’s 28-27 win at Missouri on Saturday but didn’t record any stats.
NATHANIEL SMITH, Dakota College at Bottineau, Sonoraville
Smith, a freshman defensive back, had an assisted tackle in Dakota College’s 38-35 loss to Minnesota State on Saturday.
TRISTAN FULLER, Sewanee, Calhoun
Fuller, a sophomore linebacker, participated in Saturday’s 21-16 home loss to Birmingham Southern but didn’t record any stats.
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