Jacob Williams Signs with Maryville College

 


By Staff Reports:

​It was a great day for the Bradley Football Program as Jacob Williams signed his LOI to further his education and football career with Maryville College. Jacob's family, along with numerous teammates, and classmates joined him to help the Bear Nation celebrate his signing.


​"Jacob's hard work on the gridiron and classroom has paid off. I have seen him put in numerous hours in the weight room to become a better football player. His dedication and self-discipline on the field and in the classroom is the reason that he is going to get his education paid for. We are excited for Jacob and know that Maryville College is getting a great student athlete." remarked Coach Floyd.


Jacobs Hard work in the classroom produced a 3.96 GPA leading him to be recognized as one of the Scholar Athlete's of the Year for District 5 AAA. Jacob also received the 2015 David Weir Memorial Award recently at the Bradley Football awards ceremony held in the Fine Arts Center. Jacob has been involved with other student organizations including HOSA, while also being a leader in FCA during his four years at Bradley.


"I am excited about attending Maryville College and being a pre-med major. I hope to be a Physician Assistant in the future," responded Jacob


"Jacob played multiple positions for us in the offensive line. His ability to learn tackle, guard and center helped us build depth which was a key factor in our success the last half of the season," added Coach Gideon.


"What people don't realize is that Jacob is a well rounded student. He is involved in Vocal Motion, which is a competition show choir here at Bradley. I have seen him dance and heard him sing and he is really good. As you could see from the number of students and players that attended his signing, he is well liked at our school," boasted Coach Freeman.


"I have really enjoyed Bradley High School but I am looking forward to the challenge of playing at Maryville. Most of my conversations have been with Coach Baily the Offensive line coach and he has told me that he thinks I will work mostly at center," remarked Jacob.


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By Staff Reports:

​It was a great day for the Bradley Football Program as Jacob Williams signed his LOI to further his education and football career with Maryville College. Jacob's family, along with numerous teammates, and classmates joined him to help the Bear Nation celebrate his signing.


​"Jacob's hard work on the gridiron and classroom has paid off. I have seen him put in numerous hours in the weight room to become a better football player. His dedication and self-discipline on the field and in the classroom is the reason that he is going to get his education paid for. We are excited for Jacob and know that Maryville College is getting a great student athlete." remarked Coach Floyd.


Jacobs Hard work in the classroom produced a 3.96 GPA leading him to be recognized as one of the Scholar Athlete's of the Year for District 5 AAA. Jacob also received the 2015 David Weir Memorial Award recently at the Bradley Football awards ceremony held in the Fine Arts Center. Jacob has been involved with other student organizations including HOSA, while also being a leader in FCA during his four years at Bradley.


"I am excited about attending Maryville College and being a pre-med major. I hope to be a Physician Assistant in the future," responded Jacob


"Jacob played multiple positions for us in the offensive line. His ability to learn tackle, guard and center helped us build depth which was a key factor in our success the last half of the season," added Coach Gideon.


"What people don't realize is that Jacob is a well rounded student. He is involved in Vocal Motion, which is a competition show choir here at Bradley. I have seen him dance and heard him sing and he is really good. As you could see from the number of students and players that attended his signing, he is well liked at our school," boasted Coach Freeman.


"I have really enjoyed Bradley High School but I am looking forward to the challenge of playing at Maryville. Most of my conversations have been with Coach Baily the Offensive line coach and he has told me that he thinks I will work mostly at center," remarked Jacob.


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Newcomer Award Offense          Newcomer Award Defense
Colton Scott                                Cason Still

Most Improved Offense              Most Improved Defense
Christian Hamilton                      Brett Brown

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Tyler Carpenter                           Trevon Ware


Hog Award Offense                    Hog Award Defense
Tyler Kellar                                 Dakota Burgess

Coaches Award                          Iron Man Award
DJ Moyse                                   Daniel Clark

Bust Face Award                        Special Teams Award
Ryan Still                                    Courtland Bradley

MVP                                           Bear Award
Cole Copeland                           Will Robbins

David Weir Memorial Award      Robie Tyler Memorial Award
Jacob Williams                          Bryan Adams

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Dakota Burgess, Will Robbins, Tyler Carpenter, Ryan Still and Jacob Williams recieve awards at this years District 5 Awards Ceremony. (Cole Copeland also recieved an award but was unable to attend because of a Basketball Game)

By Staff Reports:

The District 5 football banquet was held in Athens at Tennessee Weslyan College where several Bears were honored for their achievments on the gridiron as well as in the classroom for the 2014 season. The Bears finished third in a very tough district that sent five teams to the TSSAA football play-offs this season.

The Bears honored six players at this years district banquet led by Sophmore of the Year, Cole Copeland and Academic Award winner, Jacob Williams followed by all-district players Tyler Carpenter, Will Robbins, Ryan Still, and Dakota Burgess.

"I am very proud of these players who were recognized by the other coaches from our district for the impact they had on our team. These awards are selected and voted on by the the head coaches in our district, so it's a very big honor." Stated Coach Floyd.

Cole Copeland led the Bear offense from the quaterback position throwing for 2,317 yds and 18 TD's while rushing for 904 yds and 12 TD's. Cole finished the season in the Chattanooga area as one of the top five players in total offense.

Senior, Jacob Williams was an integral part of the offensive line playing center for the Bears this season. Jacob has a GPA of 3.96 and has received interest from the University of the South and Maryville College to continue his football career.

Junior, Tyler Carpenter was a two way starter for the Bears as well as being on multiple special teams as a holder for the place kicker and personal protector for the punter. Tyler was a big part of the offense as he caught 54 passes for 786 yds with 9 TD's, while throwing two touchdown passes. Tyler also rushed for a touchdown. Defensively, Tyler was on 28 tackles with 16 solos along with two interceptions.

Senior, Will Robbins was also a two way starter for the Bears playing guard on the offensive line and tackle on the defensive line. Will has been a three year starter on defense and has 72 career tackles. Will's leadership qualities were evident by being chosen as a team captain for the 2014 season by his teammates.

Senior, Dakota Burgess was another two way starter for the Bears this season playing tackle on both sides of the ball. Dakota helped anchor a line that produced over 1,000 yds rushing on the season along with having 18 tackles on defense. He finishes his career at Bradley with 42 tackles. Dakota was also chosen by his teammates as a team captain for the 2014 season.

Junior, Ryan Still led the team in tackles this year with 71 tackles; 39 of them solos. He also caused three fumbles and recovered a fumble from his linebacker position. Ryan was also a vital part of many special teams this year; catching a pass on a fake punt as one of his highlights on the year.

The administration, faculty and football staff at Bradley Central High School are very proud of these young men for upholding our Honored Tradition and Relentless Pride that is The Bear Nation.

By Staff Reports:

There has been a lot of discussion about the new TSSAA football realignment and how it is going to negatively affect the Bradley Central High School football program the next two years.  However, those who have come to this conclusion have only looked at the negatives, without weighting in the positives.

“It’s easy to get caught up in all the negatives when looking at realignment because change is never popular no matter how bad the other plan may have been in the first place. But having looked at it and having time to think of the positives, we feel this is a great opportunity for our program and school going forward.” Coach Floyd reiterated.

Looking at next year’s schedule, one can see that all the concern about travel and lost revenue may not be the case after closer review. The Bears will still have big money games with cross town rivals Cleveland and Walker Valley, while maintaining the long rivalry with McMinn County the next two years. When you add in the fact that these games will be played early when the weather is nice and warm along with the newness of the season, these games may bring in more revenue than in previous seasons. Bradley will also host region opponents Science Hill, Bearden, Hardin Valley, and William Blount next year. These teams have a lot of tradition and usually bring a good following. These games should also increase home attendance with the added excitement of playing in the Super 32. Although the Bears will lose the revenue generated by the Polk County rivalry, there was no guarantee that it would have continued without the realignment.  Taking this into consideration with the fact the Bears will be hosting Maryville and Dobyns-Bennett in the next two years producing added attendance and statewide exposure, the new schedule should produce about the same revenue over the next two years as past scheduling cycles have.

“We are excited to open up with Walker Valley the next two years; it will bring a lot of excitement to the community and there has been talk about playing this game on a Thursday which would increase attendance and add revenue to our school and community.” Stated Coach Floyd.

Taking a closer look at travel, one can see that the athletic directors and coaches of the new Mountain East Region have done a great job of scheduling and keeping the travel to a minimum for all schools involved. Looking at the Bears schedule next year, the Bears will only have to travel to three region games that include Maryville, Jefferson County, and Dobyns Bennett. The non-region travel schedule includes a trip to cross town rival Walker Valley and a short ride to Athens to face McMinn.

“We have one long road trip this upcoming year with Dobyns Bennett and then we will have to travel to Science Hill the following year, so the long trips are not in the same year. If you look at past seasons, Bradley has always had to travel to find games; this is nothing new for our program. The only difference is these are now region games.” Coach Floyd explained.

One of the up sides to playing in the newly formed Mountain East Region is the fact that Bradley players will be getting exposure that they would not have normally gotten in the old district alignment. Player exposure will increase with the Bears participating in a region that has three large media markets that include Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Tri Cities along with the proximity of many more college football programs. This benefit of players getting this kind of exposure will far outweigh any travel inconveniences that may arise. The diversity of the college programs that have an opportunity to see and hear about players is unprecedented for those playing for the Bears. These include Maryville College, Carson Newman, Tusculum, UTC, ETSU, and UT. Playing in this environment gives Bradley a distinct advantage over other local programs when it comes to getting statewide exposure for statewide awards.

“We are excited about playing in the super 32, our players will be getting lots of exposure the next two years that they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Bradley Football.”  Coach Freeman stated.

Another upside in the equation are the venues and environment in which Bradley is going to play in. As good an atmosphere Bear Stadium provides; every stadium that the Bears travel to in the Region will have just as good or even a better venue to play in. Three of the stadiums the Bears will play in have turf, which includes Dobyns-Bennett, Maryville, and Science Hill; as well as providing some of the best atmospheres to play in. Just between these three schools there is close to 300 years of football and close to 2000 wins. Each of these schools, along with Bradley, established football teams before 1930. Bearden is another school with a long tradition, fielding its first football team in 1949.

“Bradley has always taken pride in knowing that we have competed at the highest level in football throughout its history. Our administration, staff, and alumni feel right at home being in the same region with traditional powers Maryville, Science Hill, Dobyns-Bennett, and Bearden. We have a recent history with William Blount and have a lot of respect for that program as well. Add in tradition rich Jefferson County and Hardin Valley who may have some of the best turn key facilities I’ve ever seen and you have a region that is second to none as far as history, facilities, and fan base.” Coach Freeman said proudly.

“Obviously our expenses are going to increase with us being in the new region, but we are not going to let it affect what we do as a program. I will say one thing; we will travel in style and take charters for region games. We will continue to be a first class program. We will just have to ask more from our alumni and community to help us continue to compete at the highest level possible. I don’t expect raising more money to be a problem; I know our alumni and community love Bradley High School and will rally the troops to continue the tradition and pride that has been established way before any of us on the current staff was even born” Coach Floyd boasted.

The reality is things are not in dire straits at Bradley with the new region alignment, as matter of fact Bradley is looking forward to the challenge of competing at the highest level and hosting a first round game in the play-offs next year.Type your paragraph here.

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