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:
JIREH WILSON, Wofford, Calhoun
Wilson, a sophomore linebacker, was the Terriers’ leading tackler with eight total (one solo, seven assists) in their 27-24 home victory over Gardner-Webb to move to 3-0.
CHANDLER CURTIS, Mercer, Calhoun
Curtis had three catches for 91 yards and a touchdown, including a long of 49 yards, in Mercer’s 26-23 loss in overtime at East Tennessee State last Saturday. The senior receiver also returned two kickoffs for a total of 33 yards.
TAYLOR LAMB, Appalachian State, Calhoun
Lamb threw for 372 yards and two touchdowns on 26-of-50 passing in the Mountaineers’ 20-19 loss at home to Wake Forest. The redshirt-senior quarterback also ran for 14 yards.
KAELAN RILEY, Mercer, Calhoun
Riley, a redshirt-freshman, threw for 257 yards on 15-of-22 passing with one touchdown in the Bears’ 26-23 overtime loss at East Tennessee State last Saturday. The starting quarterback also ran for two yards.
KENNY COOPER, Georgia Tech, Sonoraville
Cooper, a sophomore, started at center in the Jackets’ 35-17 home win over Pittsburgh in their ACC opener last Saturday.
TRISTAN FULLER, Sewanee, Calhoun
Fuller had four solo tackles and one assist for a total of five in the Tigers’ 17-13 loss at Millsaps last Saturday. The junior defensive lineman also recorded a pass breakup.
TRENT FRIX, Georgia, Calhoun
Frix, a senior, handled long-snapping duties in Georgia’s 31-3 win over Mississippi State in Athens last Saturday.
SEBASTIAN WILLER, Georgia State, Calhoun
Willer, a redshirt-senior, got the start at right tackle in the Panthers’ 28-0 win at Charlotte last Saturday.
NOAH DAVENPORT, Limestone, Calhoun
Davenport, a freshman, got the start at left guard in the Saints’ their 27-20 loss at North Greenville last Saturday.
LANDON RICE, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Calhoun
Rice, a freshman tight end, caught two passes for 16 yards in the Bulldogs’ 48-25 home win over East Central Community College last Thursday.
HAYDEN MURPHY, Berry, Gordon Central
Murphy, a sophomore tight end, recorded one solo tackle in the Vikings’ 28-14 home win over Centre last Saturday.
MARCUS (MJ) REYNOLDS, Lane College, Gordon Central
Reynolds threw for 60 yards on 3-of-7 passing with a touchdown and two interceptions in the Dragons’ 31-7 loss at home to Clark Atlanta last Saturday. The junior quarterback also rushed for 56 yards on 10 carries.
THOMAS LESTER, West Georgia, Calhoun
Lester, a junior wide receiver, had one catch for 18 yards in the Wolves’ 48-16 home win over Albany State last Saturday.
AUSTIN STOUT, Monroe College, Calhoun
Stout, a freshman, started at right guard for the Mustangs in their 58-0 win on the road at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology last Saturday.
DJ PRATHER, Chattanooga, Gordon Central
Prather, a senior defensive lineman, participated but didn’t record any stats in the Mocs’ 63-7 win at Virginia Military Institute last Saturday.
WILLIAM LONG, Penn, Calhoun
Long, a freshman, played offensive tackle in the Penn JV game against Kean University, which was a 48-7 win for the Quakers.
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 email@example.com.