By NEMCC Media Relations
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s football team is enjoying a resurgence on the junior college field but many former Tigers are also making their mark on the four-year gridiron as well.
With college football season opening up, former Tigers had a chance to shine with their respective clubs.
- John Ware, a native of Lakeland, Fla., got the ball rolling when Ware and the University of North Alabama Lions opened their season on Thursday, September 1 against the Central Oklahoma.
Ware had five tackles (2 solos and 3 assists) in UNA’s 31-10 win over Central Oklahoma. Ware and fifth-ranked University of North Alabama will host Glenville State (West Virginia) on Thursday, September 10 at Braly Stadium in Florence. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
- Northeast has five former Tigers on the roster at Troy University and three of those five former Tigers saw significant time against the Clemson Tigers onSaturday, September 3.
Bryden Trawick of Atlanta led the Trojanswith nine tackles (seven solos and four assists) and had a half-a-tackle for loss for five yards while leading Troy on defense. LaDarrius Madden of Leighton, Ala., had three stops for the Trojans (two solos and two assists)while Emanuel Dudley of Columbus, Ga., came away with 2.5 tackles (two solos and one assist) and recorded one tackle-for-loss – a sack – for three yards against Clemson.
Other former Tigers on the Troy roster include offensive linemen Cody Woodiel of Hernando and DeMarkus Underwood of Tuscumbia, Alabama.
Trawick, Madden, Dudley, Woodiel, Underwood and the rest of the Troy Trojans have the week off before traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the University of Arkansas on Saturday, September 17. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
- Former Tiger Bernard Smith of Atlanta put on a show for the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns when Smith had five solo tackles including one for a loss of six yards against the ninth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday, September 3.
Smith, who started at defensive end for the Ragin’ Cajuns, was the only Louisiana-Lafayette defender to come away with a sack against Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden. Smith recorded his six-yard sack against Weeden with just under 1:30 to go in the first half.
Smith and the Ragin’ Cajuns continue their road trip to start the 2011 season on Saturday, September 10 when Louisiana-Lafayette travels to Kent, Ohio to take on Kent State. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
- Josh Jarboe, a native of Atlanta, also had a big day for his current club. Jarboe hauled in five catches for 56 yards including a long pass of 22 yards against Illinois for the Red Wolves of Arkansas State on Saturday, September 3.
Jarboe, who played for the Tigers during the 2010 season, was tied for the team lead in receptions, third on the team inreceiving yards and accounted for 25-percent of the Red Wolves completed passes against Illinois.
Jarboe and the rest of the Arkansas State squad will host the University of Memphis in its next game on Saturday, September 10 at ASU Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
- Long snapper Creighton Nelms of Kossuth continued his strong effort for the University of Southern Mississippi in a rain-marred game against Louisiana Tech. Nelms, who only had one punt blocked in 50 snaps during the 2010 season, helped keep the Southern Mississippi special teams perfect with six punt snaps and fivefield goal attempts in a 19-17 win as Southern Mississippi used a pair of place kickers – Danny Hrapmann and Corey Acosta – to knock off the Bulldogs.
Nelms and the rest of the Golden Eagle squad continue their 2011 season in Huntington, West Virginia, when Southern Mississippi takes on Marshall at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.
- Jordi Vernor of Ripley and Cash Lovett of Southaven got a jump on the college football season and have helped lead William Penn University to a 2-0 mark after kicking off the season on August 27.
Vernor has recorded seven tackles (two solo stops and five assists) for a Statesmen defense that has limited the opposition to just seven points in two games and just 397 yards.
Vernor, who got the call to start at nosetackle for the Statesmen, recorded a half-sack against Iowa Wesleyan on August 27 in a 42-7 win and helped William Penn blank Bethel (Kansas) 56-0 on Saturday, September 3.
Lovett has been a key cog in the Statesmen high-powered offense that has outscored the opposition 98-7 in the first two games of the season for eighth-ranked William Penn.
Lovett, who has appeared in both games for the Statesmen, has opened up holes for a rushing game that has racked up 849 yards and seen an offense average 500.5 yards a game.
Vernor, Lovett and the other Statesmen will look to stay unbeaten on the year when William Penn takes on Luther College on September 10 at 1 p.m.