College football is a huge commodity and it has gotten just a bit bigger this year with colleges and universities trotting out teams for inaugural seasons or those making a long-awaited return.
Columbia County athletes are right in the thick of things.
On August 31, Mercer University fielded a football team for the first time in 72 years, while Reinhardt University fielded a team for the first time ever.
Mercer took the historic contest in a wild one, winning 40-37.
The game was two years in the making for Mercer freshman linebacker Jordan Harper (Augusta Christian) and freshman defensive tackle Anthony Perella (Lakeside), both of whom graduated in 2012.
The wait wasn’t nearly as long for 2013 Evans High School graduate Jabari Nelson, who is a freshman defensive back for Reinhardt.
The Berry College Vikings officially began their first year as a football program on Saturday facing Maryville. Lakeside is represented offensively and defensively by freshman wideout McTier Mosley and freshman linebacker Alec Leeseberg.
No matter the outcome of the first game or the overall record at the end of the year, being a part of that history is something I hope these players will be able to cherish long after their football-playing days are over.
Off to a good start in her collegiate athletic career is former Grovetown volleyball standout Katie Chancellor.
Now at LaGrange College, Chancellor was named the USA South Rookie of the Week for the week ending Sept. 1.
The freshman outside hitter had 40 kills while leading the Panthers to a 3-1 record at the Huntingdon College Jubilee.
I hope people are enjoying playing Pigskin Picks. While I can’t participate officially, I kept track of what I would have chosen and did well with eight right. I write this only to offset the rather pedestrian showing in The Augusta Chronicle’s Football Fever Challenge.
I was a bit disappointed that Georgia didn’t help me out against Clemson, but I put my faith in them once more and hope they bashed the Steve Spurrier-led South Carolina Gamecocks.