A quick roundup of local college football players’ news and performances from weekend spring games:
Corey Seargent, East Carolina: Seargent continued his charge toward a starting position with a solid spring game performance for ECU. The former Northwestern Trojan made eight tackles during Saturday’s scrimmage, and is continuing to challenge Josh Hawkins for a starting gig at cornerback.
Lee Wright, Ryan Moore, Youngstown State: Former York Cougar Lee Wright made five tackles at linebacker during Youngstown State’s spring game last weekend. It was Wright’s first competitive action for the Penguins since leaving Appalachian State as a freshman in 2014. Wright’s fellow former Cougar, running back Ryan Moore, didn’t play. He’s recovering from ACL surgery earlier this month, but because of the nature of the ligament tear and the quick turnaround on the operation, Moore hopes to be back in action by mid-September.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State: Rudolph was intercepted but also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass and a 46-yard completion during Oklahoma State’s spring game Saturday. Rudolph, the former Northwestern Trojan Shrine Bowler, looks like the No. 1 guy at quarterback for the Cowboys heading into the fall.
Montay Crockett, Georgia Southern: Crockett, the former South Pointe Stallion, caught a touchdown pass during Georgia Southern’s controlled spring game last weekend. Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz said he was pleased with his run-focused team’s aerial show; improving the team’s passing game “was a big-time point of emphasis for us this spring,” Fitz said.
Corey Neely, Georgia Military: The former South Pointe standout has endured an agonizing wait this spring as he attempts to decide where to play his final two years of college football. But Neely got some good news recently when he was offered by Marshall, and he will visit the West Virginia-based school this coming weekend. Hopefully, a positive resolution for the hard-hitting safety is in sight.
Quadarius Fair, Hutchinson Community College: Fair headed to Hutchinson in Kansas last season after a huge senior season with Northwestern, but was sidelined by an ACL tear. He’s fully rehabbed now, moving well, and looking forward to Saturday’s spring game. Click on this link for highlights of Fair’s spring practices so far.
YMCA Rays honored at state swimming banquet
The Upper Palmetto YMCA Rays swim team took home a bunch of hardware from the South Carolina Local Swimming Committee annual awards banquet in Charleston over the weekend.
Twenty-three members of the team, which practices at Rock Hill Aquatic Center, were awarded All-State status, and coach Tim Conley was named coach of the year by the organization.
“It is such an honor to be recognized as coach of the year, but more importantly, I am proud of our swimmers,” said Conley in a press release.
Fort Mill’s Zach Piedt was named male swimmer of the year. Piedt was the national champion in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2015 Short Course YMCA National Championship. He was also named male swimmer of the year for the South Carolina High School Swim League.
Bret McCormick • 803-329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T