• 55°

College football: Indians beef up interior

Catawba didn’t lose much after a 2014 season in which it finished one game over. 500 overall and one game under .500 against the South Atlantic Conference.The Indians graduated nine players, but they added a lot of reinforcements with 17 players committing to play football for Catawba starting this fall.

Much of the focus of this recruiting class was beefing up the interior on both sides of the ball.

“For us to be great we’ve got to be able to take care of the front lines of defense,” head coach Curtis Walker said. “If we want to be able to be great on offense, we’ve got to have people to move off the football.”

Five offensive lineman and three defensive lineman will join the Indians for the 2015 season.

Along with the bulk of linemen, the Indians are bringing in three defensive backs.

A key addition to the secondary came from the junior college ranks. Case Woodard, from Lithonia, Georgia, played for Georgia Military College in 2014 after originally signing with SAC power Carson-Newman.

Last year he had two interceptions and made more than 30 tackles playing as a cornerback for the Bulldogs. Walker said the coaches wanted to add experience and great players who could play at the level they want pretty quick.

This is the third recruiting class — second with a full year to build it — of Walker’s tenure. The Indians filled holes here and there, but they are also trying to assemble a foundation for long-term success.

“With this being our second full recruiting class from spring to signing day, it’s important to have a group we can stamp as a team,” Walker said. “I feel very comfortable saying this a very talented group, and I hope this pans out to be our best recruiting class so far.”

The rest of the Indians’ recruiting class breaks down like this: two wide receivers, one running back, one tight end, one quarterback and a kicker.

Area athletes coming to Catawba are offensive lineman Ian Keesee from A.L. Brown High, offensive lineman Junquavius Harris from Mooresville High, and tight end Tyler McHargue from West Iredell.

Comments

Local

Dukeville lead testing results trickle in, more participation needed

Education

Faith Academy interviewing staff, preparing site for fall opening

News

Volunteers work around obstacles, alter procedures to offer free tax services to those in need

Education

Education shoutouts

Local

Retired Marine gets recognition for toy collection efforts

Local

March issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available

Education

Five get Dunbar School Heritage Scholarships

Education

Education briefs: Salisbury Academy fourth-graders think big as inventors

Education

Bakari Sellers keynote speaker at Livingstone College Founder’s Day program

Nation/World

Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Nation/World

Chief: Capitol Police were warned of violence before riot

Nation/World

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package

Nation/World

FDA says single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson prevents severe COVID

High School

Coaches, lawmakers react to governor’s order expanding sporting event capacity

Coronavirus

Three new COVID-19 deaths, positives remain below triple digits

BREAKING NEWS

Gov. Cooper announces end to curfew, changes to restrictions affecting bars, high school sports

Crime

Blotter: Two charged after call about package

Crime

Salisbury Police investigating two shootings

Crime

Chase involving Kernersville man ends in woods behind Carson High School

News Main

North Rowan girls end season with playoff loss to Murphy

Education

Rowan-Salisbury EC department plunges in place after raising $1,300 for Special Olympics

Nation/World

Tiger Woods injured in car crash, has surgery on legs

Local

Local stakeholders set goals, direction to tackle city’s housing issues

Education

RSS board talks future of Henderson Independent School