The match-up between two SEC powerhouses, though maybe not this season, featured five former Calhoun High School football players.
On the Georgia sideline were receiver Kris Durham, long snapper Ty Frix, and redshirt receiver Rhett McGowan. On the Tennessee sideline were receiver Da’Rick Rogers and redshirt QB Nash Nance.
“Growing up in Calhoun you never really heard of a lot of people going into big time college football but now we have a lot of guys playing Division-I football,” said Durham, the elder statesman of the group. “Coach Lamb and his staff do a great job of preparing players and I have nothing but great things to say about them.”
Durham was a big factor for the Bulldogs earlier this season with top receiver A.J. Green serving a suspension. With Green back his playing time has stayed the same but his stats have dropped. However, Durham is happy to have Green back and with the role with the team this season.
“I was blessed with opportunist and I just tried to take advantage of them,” he said. “To have him back is a blessing for our entire team.”
Durham had one reception for 17 yards against Tennessee.
Frix also received lots of playing time and has teamed up with star kicker Blair Walsh to make a great duo this season. Against the Vols he took part in a successful 42 yard field goal, and was also part of five extra point plays and four punts. He is the team’s starting long snapper.
For Tennessee, Rogers had one reception for minus-three yards. The Vols’ freshman has routinely played in one or two snaps per game this season as he gets acquainted with the college game.
All five players met briefly after the game and exchanged pleasantries.
Calhoun College Players
Scott Blair (GT) – Blair connected on two field goals in Georgia Tech’s 33-21 victory over Virginia on Saturday. Blair’s field goals came from 28 and 40 yards. He also connected on all three of his PAT’s and had seven kickoffs with a 62.6 yard average.
Cameron Budzius (Birmingham Southern) – Budzius had two solo tackles and assisted in a third in BSU’s 35-28 loss to Centre College on Saturday.
David Clemmons (Faulkner) – Clemmons played on the offensive line in Faulkner’s 41-31 victory over Belhaven University on Saturday.
Nick Davison (Tenn.-Chattanooga) – Davison had four tackles, including one for a loss, in the team’s 28-10 victory over The Citadel this past weekend.
Tre Lamb (Tenn. Tech) – Lamb led his team to a 34-21 victory over Austin Peay this past weekend. Lamb completed 11-of-17 passes for 162 yards and a TD. He also ran the ball for 59 yards and a TD.
Jason Muehling (Tusculum College) – Muehling had three total tackles in Tusculum’s 63-56 loss to Newberry this past week.
Mason Strickland (Shorter) – Strickland had three solo tackles and seven assists in Shorter’s 22-14 loss to Cumberland University on Saturday.
Josh White (Shorter) – White had three assisted tackles in Shorter’s loss.
Cody Worley (Furman) – Worley led Furman to a 56-14 win over Howard on Saturday. He completed 10-of-12 passes for 139 yards and two TD’s. He alos ran the ball twice for 14 yards.
Redshirting this year are the following players: Eric McDaniel (Purdue), Rhett McGowan (UGA), Nash Nance (Tenn), Deshawn Printup (Savannah State), Cody Ralston (Central Fla.), Tucker Smith (Faulkner), and Adam Urbano (Transfer ineligible-Tenn. Tech).