Columbia County has produced dozens of college football players in recent years. During the next few weeks I’ll update you on as many as possible.
While many are at small schools across the Southeast, there are a handful that have roster spots with some big-time programs. At the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern we have multiple county products to look for this fall.
Here is a look at Columbia County players to pull for this season in Statesboro and Athens.
Reuben Faloughi (Evans High School)
Junior/6-5, 253 pounds, outside linebacker
After making four tackles and recording three sacks in the 2011 spring game, Faloughi appeared in eight games for the Bulldogs last season. He had two tackles against Boise State in the season opener. Not bad for a walk-on that Georgia took a flyer on very late in the recruiting process. Hopefully, Faloughi can continue his progression from walk-on to scholarship to playing time.
Off the field, Faloughi has shined too. Last year he was named to the SEC academic honor roll and the athletic director’s honor roll.
Ben Brandenburg (Lakeside High School)
While Ben hung up his cleats after a solid prep career with the Panthers, he did not stray away from football. He has latched on to a spot as one of UGA’s recruiting assistants. This is an incredibly tough job to get. There are hundreds of applicants anytime a spot like this opens up.
William Banks (Augusta Christian)
Junior/5-9, 189 pounds, fullback
Like his older brother Lee, William has found a nice spot for himself in Statesboro. Banks is a hard worker and a winner. He won state titles in three sports while at Augusta Christian and last season he nearly got a national championship ring as a walk-on for the Eagles. Maybe this year the Eagles can take it one step further.
Kendrick Wilson (Greenbrier)
Sophomore/5-8, 175 pounds, defensive back
Wilson was a standout running back during his prep days at Greenbrier. For the Eagles he lines up in the defensive backfield. He is a walk-on looking to earn a scholarship next season.