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 had a history-making day in the Mountaineers’ 37-29 home victory over Coastal Carolina to stay unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play. The redshirt-senior quarterback set a new school record for touchdown passes in a career, passing Armanti Edwards who previously held the record at 74. Lamb now has 76 in his career after his 23-of-39, 427-yard, two-touchdown performance. He also ran for 25 yards on seven carries. Lamb was named the Sun Belt Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
TRISTAN FULLER, Sewanee, Calhoun
Fuller had four solo and one assisted tackle for a total of five in the Tigers’ 27-21 home loss to Trinity (Tex.). Among his stops, the junior defensive lineman had a sack and one and a half tackles-for-loss.
KENNY COOPER, Georgia Tech, Sonoraville
Cooper, a sophomore, started at center in the Jackets’ 38-24 home win over Wake Forest last Saturday. He helped Georgia Tech run for 427 yards and five touchdowns and throw for 68 yards.
CHANDLER CURTIS, Mercer, Calhoun
Curtis, a senior, had a big day receiving with 112 yards on 11 catches in Mercer’s 28-21 loss at Furman last Saturday. The receiver also returned two kickoffs for 68 yards and a long of 38 and returned two punts for a total of 22 yards.
KAELAN RILEY, Mercer, Calhoun
Riley threw for 289 yards on 26-of-34 passing with one touchdown and one interception in the Bears’ 28-21 loss at Furman last Saturday. The redshirt-freshman starting quarterback also ran for 23 yards.
MARCUS (MJ) REYNOLDS, Lane College, Gordon Central
Reynolds ran for 124 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown in the Dragons’ 23-13 loss at Miles College last Saturday. The junior quarterback also threw for 78 yards on 9-of-17 passing.
NOAH DAVENPORT, Limestone, Calhoun
Davenport, a freshman, got the start at left guard for the Saints in their 27-24 win at Newberry last Saturday.
DREW MCeNTYRE, The Citadel, Calhoun
McEntyre, a sophomore, started at right tackle in the Bulldogs’ 20-14 victory at UTC.
THOMAS LESTER, West Georgia, Calhoun
Lester, a junior receiver, had one catch for five yards in the Wolves’ 28-0 win at Mississippi College last Saturday.
SEBASTIAN WILLER, Georgia State, Calhoun
Willer, a redshirt-senior, started at right tackle in the Panthers’ 34-10 home loss to Troy last Saturday.
DJ PRATHER, Chattanooga, Gordon Central
Prather, a senior defensive lineman, had one solo tackle in the Mocs’ 20-14 loss at home to The Citadel.
JIREH WILSON, Wofford, Calhoun
Wilson, a sophomore linebacker, participated but didn’t record any stats in the Terrers’ 24-21 loss at home against Samford.
LANDON RICE, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Calhoun
Rice, a freshman tight end, participated but didn’t record any stats in the Bulldogs’ loss at Pearl River Community College.
DREW McCRACKEN, Kennesaw State, Calhoun
McCracken, a junior, handled long-snapping duties in the Owls’ 17-3 home win over Gardner-Webb last Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
AUSTIN BYRD, Kennesaw State, Calhoun
Byrd, redshirt-junior tight end, participated but didn’t record any stats in the Owls’ 17-3 home win over Gardner-Webb last Saturday.
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.