Former Jackets play some major college football – The Tennessean
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Fairview High School head football coach Chris Hughes is excited about the season ahead, but he also has fond memories of seasons past. “I’ve been fortunate to have some great talent take the field over the last decade,” said Hughes.
Many local football fans have also delighted in the Yellow Jackets football program in recent years. As a result, Hughes said he is proud “to see the success of several former players who have advanced to play football at the next level.”
Colleges and universities from California to Florida and Maryland have taken note of some of the talent produced by our high school program – and given local players the opportunity to shine in gridiron stadiums all across the country. The following is a feature on some of those former Yellow Jackets who reached the college football arena.
Former Yellow Jacket football player, Dreshad Moore is a 2014 Fairview High School graduate now taking the field with the Volunteers.
After a very successful run in varsity high school football, Dreshad started his college career with one season at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. While he received playing time as a freshman, he was injured during his first college season.
On the mend and looking to the future, Dreshad decided to transfer to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and attempt to walk on with the Tennessee Volunteers. Eager to make a strong showing, he worked out hard in the weight room and did all he could both, physically and mentally to prepare himself for the opportunity to play for an SEC team. The UT tryouts were held on January 26 and Dreshad took the field knowing he had a lot to prove.
“I think the only advantage I had was experience, because I had played college football while a lot of the others trying out had not,” shared Dreshad. He continued, “College football is a lot more detail-oriented. You have to use your technique, because everyone is athletic at this level.
University of Tennessee Coach Butch Jones opened tryouts with over 60 talented athletes eager to make the team. And when the final cut was made, Dreshad Moore was the only one selected to join the team and play for the Big Orange.
“Right now, I’m wearing number 33,” said Dreshad, who also expressed his sincere thanks “to all those who have supported and believed in me.”
During the recent spring practice, Dreshad was taking reps at running back and making a good impression on his new coaches with his great work ethic.
Sam Edmondson, a FHS 2013 graduate, was a highly-recruited offensive tackle. Sam decided to take the junior college route and accepted a football scholarship from Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Miss.
After one year with the Rangers, Sam transferred across the country to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. The Mounties have been named as one of the premier community college athletics program in the United States. Playing offensive lineman for the Mounties, Sam was named to the 2014 All-America Community College Football First Team and helped his team win a California Community College Athletic Association State Championship.
With a state championship on his resume, Sam had several offers from NCAA Division I schools including Central Florida and Wofford, and after much consideration, Sam decided to make another cross-country move finish his college football career at Towson University.
Towson is the second largest university in Maryland and located near Baltimore. At Towson, he was selected to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Academic Football Team. He is also slated to start at left tackle this season for the Tigers.
Fairview football fans were captivated by wide receiver Deondre Moore and his amazing plays under the Friday night lights. As an FHS 2013 graduate, he earned honors as an All State Wide Receiver and All State Kick Returner. Deondre also won the State Triple Jump Championship Title his senior year.
Deondre received several scholarship offers and originally decided on North Dakota State. However, he soon changed his mind and accepted a full ride from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. he played one season for the Governors before deciding to transfer across country to Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. He is slotted to be a starter this coming season as the Gauchos make another run at the California Community College Athletic Association Championship.
Recently, Deondre has been catching footballs at practice from National Football League quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and Ryan Mallett. He is super excited about getting on the field, making plays, and representing Saddleback in 2016.
As a member of the FHS Class of 2013, Julian Franklin was a big part of the Yellow Jacket football program, making impressive plays as a running back and linebacker.
Seeking to continue his football career at the college level, Julian signed a partial scholarship to play running back for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. After one year on the field, Julian earned a full ride scholarship with the Governors.
During the 2015 college football season, Fairview fans watched proudly as Julian ran for 47 yards against a tough Vanderbilt team and made headlines for his touchdown run against the Skyhawks.
The odds are looking good for Julian to be named the starting running back for the Governors for the upcoming 2016 season.
A 2014 FHS graduate, Mike Jordan did a solid job for the Jackets as a wide receiver and cornerback. His skills attracted the attention of coaches at Lindsey Wilson in Kentucky who offered him a scholarship.
Mike played for the Blue Raiders for one season and transferred to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Recently, Mike became a walk-on for the UTC football team and has begun spring workouts with the team. The fall of 2016 will be Mikes first year to play for the Moccasins.
Another 2014 FHS graduate and key player for the Jackets, Garrett Wall was named an All State Linebacker his senior year.
Ready for the next level of competition, Garrett accepted a full football scholarship from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He has completed his second full season with the Skyhawks and looks to have the opportunity to see some significant playing time in the 2016 season.
Fairview football fans remember 2015 FHS graduates Yuriy Bulay as a Yellow Jacket wide receiver and safety who made solid plays when needed the most.
Yuriy signed a scholarship to play football at Carson Newman in Jefferson City. Enjoying his opportunity compete at the college level, Yuriy is beginning his second year with the Eagles and the coaches are loving his attitude and strong work ethic.
A Yellow Jacket football standout, Nic Harvey graduated FHS in 2014 as an All-State Wide Receiver.
His freshman year of college, he headed south and enrolled in Southeast University in Lakeland, FL to play football for the Fire.
After one year, Nic relocated a little further north, transferring to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he has joined the football team as a walk-on.
The fall of 2016 will be Nic’s first season competing on the gridiron as a Moccasin.
Brian Reynolds graduated FHS in 2013 after successfully representing the Yellow Jackets as a fullback and linebacker. Looking to advance his education and his football career, Brian accepted a football scholarship offer from Bethel University in McKenzie.
Training hard to improve his game, Brian is still playing for the Wildcats. He has seen considerable playing time at outside linebacker for Bethel and is also on course to graduate with his college degree.
See more college player information on former Yellow Jackets Ben Johnson, Hunter Branch, Jacob Buttrey, Logan Cavender, Tommy Derrick and Hunter Myatt – all in this week’s edition of The Fairview Observer – on sale now!