Columbia County product Rodney Tyson received some good news this week. Tyson, an All-County running back who went by “D.J.” during his prep career at Greenbrier and Grovetown, was named to the College Football Performance Awards FCS Kick Returner Watch List.
The CFPA compiles a list of the country’s best kick returners, among other awards. The organization prides itself on having the most scientifically rigorous standards for their awards.
These athletes will have a chance to earn the distinction of being named National Kick Returner of the Year.
Being selected for this list did not seem possible for Tyson a year ago. A converted wide receiver for Howard University, Tyson was getting little playing time and had not returned a kick all season.
As a freshman in 2011, he had returned 10 kicks for 222 yards and a solid 22.2 yard average, but as of mid-September of his sophomore campaign, he had not returned a kick all year. On Sept. 15, that all changed. The 5-foot, 9-inch, 175-pound speedster returned three kicks for 156 yards, including a school-record-tying 100-yard return for a touchdown, in the Bisons thrilling 37-36 overtime win over Norfolk State.
For his efforts, Tyson was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week and was also honored as the CFPA National Kick Returner of the Week. From that point forward, Tyson was Howard University’s full-time kick returner. He finished the season with a sensational 34.1 yards per return, and obviously his performance in 2012 caught the attention of college football experts around the country. Tyson is now one of a handful of elite return men in college football to be named to the CFPA Kick Returner Watch List.
To learn more about The College Football Performance Awards, including past winners, go to www.collegefootball
Football camp will be offered
Former Greenbrier football standout Ryan Bowers is hosting a multi-sport camp for rising third- to eighth-grade boys and girls.
Bowers, who now is the owner of AthElite Sports Training Academy, was a college All-American at Presbyterian, before a nearly decade-long professional football career. He also gained national notoriety after his appearance on the ABC hit television show The Bachelorette.
The camp gets underway Monday morning and runs through Friday, and there is still time to register your child online prior to the beginning of camp.
All of the activities will take place at Evans Middle School each day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday.
They will also offer early dropoff at 7:30 a.m. and late pickup at 5:30 p.m. for an additional $50 fee.
Campers will have the opportunity to work on their skills in basketball, football, volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball. Also, they will work each day on speed and agility, which is an area Bowers specializes in.
Each camper will receive an AthElite T-Shirt and wristband and lunch will be provided daily. Cost of the camp is just $135 for the entire week.