By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
KNOX CENTRAL — Jeffrey Canady turned in one of the best four years as a football player at Knox Central High School and it paid off Thursday with Canady signing a letter of intent to play football for Eastern Kentucky University.
Canady chose the Colonels over Air Force, Penn and Wofford.
“This is great just knowing that you can do something from this area when a lot of people don’t expect you to,” Canady said. “I’ve been able to prove a lot of people wrong and this shows this area has a lot of good players.”
Canady was quick to point out why he chose Eastern Kentucky University.
“Tradition,” he said. “Both of my uncles and my aunt played there and my uncle (Mark) was an All-American there and it really feels like home. My cousin goes there and it’s just like a family atmosphere.”
Canady, who was named the Times-Tribune Football Player of the Year this past season, put up impressive career numbers during his four years at Knox Central — 83 touchdowns, 4,048 rushing yards in three years, 2,428 receiving yards, 7,447 all-purpose yards, 16 interceptions, 271 tackles and an average of 46 yards per punt. He hopes to continue the success at Eastern Kentucky.
“I will be redshirting next year and it gives me the opportunity to know the defense,” he said. “That way when I come in, I’ll be full go to step in and play. I’ll be playing outside linebacker and possibly running back. I just want to make the best of it. I just want to continue to do what I did in high school.”
Knox Central coach Scottie Russell said Canady deserves the chance to play at the Division I level.
““He deserves everything he’s got,” he said. “Eastern is a great fit for him. Again, Jeffrey is a hard worker and never been in trouble and he’s just what you would want out of a young man.
“Jeffrey has worked his tail off for four years to get to this point and I’m very happy for him,” Russell added. “It’s just another check mark for this program that we’re stepping up. Now the challenge is to find a replacement and hopefully keeping things rolling.”
Canady also admitted in the back of his mind, he’s hoping his opportunity of playing at Eastern Kentucky can lead to playing professional football in the future.
“It’s obviously a dream,” he said. “If I do get that chance and start here for three years, you never know. I just want the chance. I just want to make it to a combine, but right now, I’m focused on doing well at Eastern (Kentucky).”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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