Tigers sign with Bethel
The Altoona, Pennsylvania connection between Bethel University Associate Head Coach Chris Elliott and Marshall County Head Coach Tom Turchetta paid dividends for a trio of Tigers recently when Will Brown, Trevor Carter, and Jordan Anderson signed scholarship papers to play football at the McKenzie school.
"Coach Turchetta and I are from the same hometown back in Pennsylvania," said Elliot. "We got together and he said he had three guys down here. He knows college football and when he recommends to me that he has players that can help us out then obviously we need to give them a serious look and we did and fortunately they were all interested in coming and joining us at Bethel."
Brown, a Class 4A Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State and Super All-Region selection as an offensive lineman will move to the defensive side of the ball for the NAIA Wildcats, who finished the 2010 season with a 5-5 record.
Elliott said, "We are not going to play him at offensive tackle. He is a big kid, but offensive linemen at the next level are like three hundred pounds. He is going to be an edge player for us at Bethel."
Brown has a 3.3 G.P.A. at MCHS, plans to major in education or mathematics, and wants to be a teacher.
"I wasn't even thinking about playing football until I got the call from Bethel," said Brown. "I am excited about the future, I feel good. I never expected to be here at all. I was just a little pencil necked freshman and actually started playing defensive end as a freshman and switched to offensive line in my sophomore and junior year and had to go back to defensive line when Jordan suffered his concussion at Hickman County."
Brown said about his one year with coach Turchetta, "That was a great experience. He came in about a week before the season started and defensively, we had to learn a whole new game plan. He brought a different work ethic and different tempo to practice and we had to adjust fast if we were going to do anything."
Anderson, who was a Super All-Region selection at tight end and a standout post player on the basketball team, signed his papers last week.
"Jordan is probably going to be an edge player on defense for us. He is the type of player that could play either offense or defense for us," said Elliott. "He can be a tight end for us if we need that or with his size he can be an outside linebacker. Athletically he can do a lot of different things. He catches the ball well, he blocks, on defense he can move and cover, and he is a big enough kid where he is pretty formidable."
Carter was also an All-Region selection at quarterback for the Tigers said about Turchetta, "When we lost coach (Don) Thomas my college hopes kind of went down and I didn't think I was going to go anywhere. Things happen for a reason and when coach Turchetta came in he was all about getting people somewhere and I really love coach Turchetta for that and everything he has done for me."
Elliott said about Carter, "We are looking at him as a quarterback. We are going to give him a shot there first and if he can help us somewhere else we will look at that too."
Carter holds a 3.2 G.P.A. and is looking to major in business or education.
"They are all going to get an opportunity," said Elliott. "I just got done telling them that the biggest thing they could do is follow the workout plan to a tee, show up in the best shape they have ever been, and be ready to learn. The faster they can pick things up, the faster they will get on the field."