FanFare 2018 - Page 98

Henderson County athletes ready to shine on collegiate level utside of the high school football fields are many Henderson County graduates gearing up for the 2017 college football season. The county has players from Athens, Brownsboro, Mabank, Malakoff and Kemp putting on the pads during Saturday games in 2018. Mary Hardin Baylor junior Logan Fuller is in camp compet- ing for a running back spot. He officially reported on Aug. 10 looking for playing time. “They are talking to me like I will be a big part of their of- fense,” Fuller said. “Coming in as a transfer, I don't think I will have to start back like I did at TJC. There will be competition, but I know they have three run- ning backs coming back.” He is coming off a sopho- more campaign in which he rushed for 333 yards and three touchdowns in eight games. He also had one re- ception for 44 yards last year for the 5-4 Apaches. “I had a great time at TJC,” he said. “If I had a chance to do it all over again, I would def- initely do it. I met a lot of great people and teammates that I will keep in my memories and Logan Fuller heart forever. I thought I had two great years at TJC. I thought I helped the team out a lot in different areas.” He said he was grateful for coach Danny Palmer giving him a chance. “It is very important because he was one of the coaches that gave me a chance,” Fuller said. “It taught me a lot being in JUCO about people's c haracter and how the game flows in college. He has always been a coach who has taken care of me.” He said fans should watch out for him while he is at Mary Hardin Baylor and the team will get back to being successful. O 98 “Mary Hardin Baylor is known for being a powerhouse,” Fuller said. “They came up short last year, but I think we have a chance to go all the way this year. Everyone on the team is determined to get back to where they were. I would expect big things out of me and keep an eye out for me. I plan to do all I can to help the team, and play like I always played at Athens and TJC.” Brownsboro graduates Kenneth Woods and Kevon Thompson are fighting for playing time at Tyler Junior College this summer. Woods is at defensive end, while Thompson is at running back. The Trinity Valley Community Cardinals made a splash in the Henderson County area picking up four players to join Malakoff sophomore Q.T. Barker. Coach Sherard Poteete picked up Malakoff players Judd Miller, Tyler Russell, Zee Bailey and Danyal Littleton and Athens freshman Xavius Fulton. He said Zee and Danyal are currently on campus working out during summer workouts. He said Littleton is working on the defensive side, while Zee is working out at the running back position. With Russell, they are hoping to see him transfer from Angelo State University to help with the receiving core. He was still going through summer classes at Angelo State in July. “It is good to get kids who are in your back door right here,” Poteete said. “I know sometimes it is hard for some of those guys to stay here and go to college in this area. I think we are fortunate with the guys like X. Fulton, who has played every position in high school but kicker. We are excited about him and how good he can be in the future. “With the Malakoff guys, we have QT Barker, who had a great career over there, and look forward to him catching a lot of balls this year. Last year, he grew up a lot and worked on route running and his catching ability. Judd is one of the play- ers who we are excited about at the quarterback position. If you don’t know Judd, it is hard not to like him. He has a little something to him with those intangebiles that you can’t teach. He wills you to some first downs and touchdowns.” The biggest returning athlete from the Henderson County area is Stephen F. Austin junior Tamrick Pace. Pace graduated