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:
TAYLOR LAMB, Appalachian State, Calhoun
Lamb threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-29 passing in the Mountaineers’ 52-45 loss at Louisiana-Monroe last Saturday. The redshirt-senior starting quarterback also ran for 21 yards on eight carries. With his four touchdown passes, Lamb became the all-time leader in career touchdown passes in the Sun Belt Conference with 82. He also now has 103 career touchdowns combined passing and rushing, joining former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards as the only other Mountaineer player with 100 career touchdowns.
JIREH WILSON, Wofford, Calhoun
Wilson, a sophomore linebacker, had one solo and two assists for a total of three tackles in the Terriers’ 24-21 overtime win at home over Chattanooga last Saturday.
KENNY COOPER, Georgia Tech, Sonoraville
Cooper, a sophomore, started at center in the Jackets’ 40-36 loss at Virginia last Saturday.
MARCUS (MJ) REYNOLDS, Lane College, Gordon Central
Reynolds threw for 205 yards on 21-of-33 passing with one touchdown and one interception in the Dragons’ 28-20 home win over Central State last Saturday. The junior quarterback also ran for 27 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown.
NOAH DAVENPORT, Limestone College, Calhoun
Davenport, a freshman, got the start at left guard in the Saints’ 44-20 loss at Wingate last Saturday to end the season with a 4-6 record.
DJ PRATHER, Chattanooga, Gordon Central
Prather, a senior defensive lineman, had three assisted tackles in the Mocs’ 24-21 loss in overtime at Wofford last Saturday.
DREW McENTYRE, The Citadel, Calhoun
The sophomore McEntyre started at right tackle for the Bulldogs in their 31-20 loss at home to Western Carolina last Saturday.
TRISTAN FULLER, Sewanee, Calhoun
Fuller had two solo and two assists for a total of four tackles in the Tigers’ 47-0 loss at home to Centre last Saturday. The junior defensive lineman had a tackle-for-loss among his stops.
THOMAS LESTER, West Georgia, Calhoun
Lester, a junior receiver, had one solo tackle on special teams during the Wolves’ 20-13 victory at Florida Tech to improve to 8-2 on the season.
TRENT FRIX, Georgia, Calhoun
Frix, a senior, handled long-snapping duties in the Bulldogs’ 24-10 home win over South Carolina last Saturday.
DREW McCRACKEN, Kennesaw State, Calhoun
McCracken, a junior, handled long-snapping duties in the Owls’ 16-14 win on the road at Montana State last Saturday.
KAELAN RILEY, Mercer, Calhoun
Riley, a redshirt-freshman quarterback, threw for 158 yards on 18-of-38 passing with an interception in the Bears’ 20-3 loss at home last Saturday to Samford.
CHANDLER CURTIS, Mercer, Calhoun
Curtis had four catches for seven yards in the Bears’ 20-3 home loss to Samford. The senior receiver also returned two kickoffs for a total of 43 yards and a punt for 15 yards.
SEBASTIAN WILLER, Georgia State, Calhoun
Willer, a redshirt-senior, saw reserve action on the offensive line during the Panthers’ 21-17 win at Georgia Southern last Saturday.
AUSTIN BYRD, Kennesaw State, Calhoun
Byrd, a redshirt-junior tight end, participated but didn’t record any stats in the Owls’ 16-14 win at Montana State.
NOTE: If there is a former local player getting on the field for their college football team and we left them out, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.