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January 6, 2012

JUNIOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Colleges collect top of TVCC crop

Big 12 and Big 10 represented among schools snatching Cards

ATHENS — Standouts from the 2011 Trinity Valley Community College football team will take their talents to major college next year.

  Head Coach Brad Smiley said 13 players have signed with NCAA Division 1 schools  and two others will sign in February. Four other players signed with top Division 2 programs.

  “I’m extremely proud of these guys,” Smiley said. “It’s indicative of their hard work.”

  The Cards finished their season ranked No. 10 in the nation before they were taken down in the Citizens Bank Bowl. TVCC ended with an 8-3 record.

 “Obviously, we won a lot of ball games and we had a lot of talented kids,” Smiley said. “They worked extremely hard on and off the field, more importantly, off. You’ve got to graduate.”

  The TVCC player’s attractiveness to the NCAA schools is a testament to the quality of football played in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference ranks each Saturday.

 “There’s no question it’s the most talented junior college conference in the country,” Smiley said. “Three of the last five national champions and eight of the last 15 have come from Texas. There are four guys in the National Football League now that played at Trinity Valley.”

One of the Cardinals who’ll be moving to the four-year ranks is quarterback Tucker Carter. The Allen , Texas graduate will be staying  in the state, but moving a little closer to home, at the Univesity of Texas at San Antonio.

Carter was the Southwest Junior College Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year.  He thrashed defenses with about 2,700 yards  through the air and 26 touchdowns.  to go with roughly 310 yards and nine TDs rushing.

In addition to the players who signed on Wednesday, there are two other Cards expected to sign in February. Defensive tackle Ty McKinney has recieved and offer from the Kansas Jayhawks.

Strong Safety Kent Gainous has just been offered a scholorship to play for the Kansas State Wildcats, but had not yet committed at press time.

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