Big­ger than Ge­or­gia

What for­mer ath­letes of New­ton/Rock­dale are up to now

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Buck Farmer Pitcher

Farmer, Rock­dale High School grad­u­ate and Ge­or­gia Tech alum, got his Ma­jor League Base­ball de­but in a spot start with the Detroit Tigers on Wed­nes­day. Farmer, who pitched five in­nings al­low­ing four earned runs, was cred­ited with a no-de­ci­sion. Farmer ac­cu­mu­lated four K’s in the start that saw him pulled up from Dou­ble-A. Farmer has since been sent down to Triple A, which ac­cord­ing to, he con­sid­ers a pro­mo­tion since he was in Dou­ble-A be­fore his start with Detroit. As a ju­nior at Rock­dale, Farmer posted a 1.50 ERA and a 2.02 ERA as a se­nior.

Demetrius McCray Cor­ner­back

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from New­ton High School, McCray went on to have a good col­le­giate ca­reer with Ap­palachian State Univer­sity. As a Moun­taineer, McCray led the South­ern Con­fer­ence in in­ter­cep­tions on the 2011 and 2012 sea­sons. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Jack­sonville Jaguars. Last sea­son, McCray played only 96 snaps on de­fense ac­cord­ing to ro­ On the heels of his sec­ond year, the Florida Times Union sug­gests that he has a le­git­i­mate shot at earn­ing a start­ing job.

Akeem Hunt Util­ity spe­cial­ist

Like McCray, Hunt grad­u­ated from New­ton, but he chose to at­tend Pur­due Univer­sity. Hunt is en­ter­ing his se­nior year at Pur­due. He was re­cently named to the Paul Hor­nung Award Watch List, which rec­og­nizes the most ver­sa­tile high level per­form­ers in col­lege foot­ball. Hunt cur­rently ranks sec­ond all-time in school his­tory with 1,666 ca­reer yards on kick­off re­turns. In his ju­nior sea­son, Hunt to­taled 464 rush­ing yards, 340 re­ceiv­ing yards and 626 yards on kick­off re­turns. Hunt wasn’t able to earn the start­ing job at run­ning back af­ter be­ing Pur­due’s lead­ing rusher last sea­son. Hunt told USA To­day he wasn’t wor­ried and that the team would find a role for him, which could pos­si­bly be as a slot re­ceiver.

Shel­don Rank­ins De­fen­sive end

Rank­ins played for East­side High School and was a three-star re­cruit be­fore choos­ing to play for the Univer­sity of Louisville in 2012. Com­ing out of high school, Rank­ins was ranked as the 43rd best player in Ge­or­gia. As a se­nior at East­side, Rank­ins recorded 50 tack­les and nine sacks. Now en­ter­ing his ju­nior sea­son, Rank­ins has been named a cap­tain of the team, along with two other ju­niors and two se­niors. Through his first two sea­sons at Louisville, Rank­ins played in 20 games and earned three starts. Rank­ins looks to start a full year this sea­son.

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