Wray thriv­ing at linebacker at Ap­palachian State

The Covington News - - Sports -

For­mer East­side quar­ter­back Justin Wray con­tin­ues to have a stel­lar first year as a de­fen­sive player for Ap­palachian State af­ter be­ing con­verted to a linebacker this year.

Wray, a sopho­more, turned in his of­fen­sive play­book for de­fen­sive one and hasn't looked back. He's sec­ond on the team in tack­les with 61 be­hind All-Amer­i­can D.J. Smith and is also sec­ond in tack­les for a loss with 10 for the 9-2 Moun­taineers.

Wray led the Ea­gles to the Class AAA quar­ter­fi­nals in 2008 be­fore choos­ing Ap­palachian State who re­cruited him as a de­fen­sive player. He played spar­ingly in 2009 but put on 25 pounds of mus­cle to ac­com­mo­date the tran­si­tion to linebacker. He was pro­jected to be a backup com­ing into the sea­son but has emerged as the Moun­taineers sec­ond-lead­ing tack­ler and a force in the mid­dle of the de­fense.

At East­side, Wray passed for 3,991 yards and rushed for 1,680 in three years as the Ea­gles' starter. In his three years, he passed for 31 touch­downs while rush­ing for 21.

Wray and the Moun­taineers fin­ished first in the South­ern Con­fer­ence with a 7-1 league record and host the win­ners of the Coastal Carolina or Western Illi­nois in the open­ing round of the Di­vi­sion I Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion play­offs Dec. 4. Carter leads Mem­phis to third win

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Newton grad­u­ate Brit­tany Carter led Mem­phis with 19 points as the Tigers (3-2) snuck out with a 67-66 vic­tory over Ford­ham (3-2) in the open­ing game of the Bas­ket­ball Trav­el­ers Tip-Off Clas­sic, Fri­day af­ter­noon at the Uni­ver­sity of Kansas.

Carter, a red­shirt ju­nior who is in her sec­ond year at Mem­phis, scored 19.2 points per game in her first year in 2009. Carter was also named Con­fer­ence USA New­comer of the Year in 2009 as well as First Team All-C-USA.

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