Thursday, February 19, 2009
Paylor, Samples go to UT-Martin
Two football players with local connections have transferred to the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Jason Simpson, head football coach at the UT-Martin, said he is pleased with this crop of high school signees plus transfers.
“Once again our goals were high and we were able to be choosy,” Simpson said. “We were able to investigate each player’s character and his passion for football.
“We brought in players who have sacrificed and who are winners. Winning is contagious.”
Two played at Marshall Academy in Holly Springs and Northwest Community College.
• Jake Paylor, 6-1, 290, offensive line, Holly Springs, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Senatobia.
Played offensive line ... Helped lead Northwest Mississippi to a 6-4 record and a 5-1 divisional worksheet for coach Ricky Woods ... Prepped at Marshall Academy in Holly Springs for coach Keith Wicker and coach Wade Griffin, where his team won the district championship and reached the state Class AA state final in 2007 ...Was named to the Mississippi Private School Association all-state second team, and was chosen to play in the MPSA All-Star Football game in 2007 ... Will have three years of eligibility.
• Chase Samples, 6-1, 245, fullback, Ashland, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Senatobia.
Played fullback for two years for coaches Ricky Woods and Randy Pippin, where he was voted team captain by his teammates for his sophomore season ... In his two seasons at Northwest Mississippi CC, led the Rangers to a 12-8 record and a 10-2 conference slate ... Prepped at Marshall Academy in Holly Springs where he graduated with honors ... Under coaches Wade Griffin (at Marshall) and Scott Smith, he was a three-time all-county selection and a two-time all-region pick ... An All Mississippi Private School Association selection in 2007 ... Was named the team’s best offensive lineman in 2005, the best offensive back in 2006, and the best defensive lineman in 2007.
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