The Na­tion’s best from New­ton County

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHA­KEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

The be­gin­ning of the NCAA foot­ball sea­son saw some of New­ton County’s col­le­giate ath­letes have ex­cep­tional show­ings on Satur­day. If there are any ath­letes that you feel de­serve to be men­tioned in our weekly cov­er­age of some of the na­tion’s best from New­ton County, email our sports ed­i­tor Sha­keen Hol­loway at shol­loway@cov­news.com.

Akeem Hunt (Pur­due) No. 1

Aug. 30 The game: 43-34 win vs. Western Michi­gan Stats: 15 car­ries, 78 yards, TD, two re­cep­tions for seven yards, two re­turns 43 yards

Year: Se­nior High School: New­ton Po­si­tion: Run­ning Back Height: 5-10 Weight: 183

Devon Ed­wards (Duke) No. 27

Au­gust. 30 The game: 52-13 win vs. Elon Stats: Seven tack­les, one pass breakup, two kick­off

re­turns for 38 yards Year: Red­shirt sopho­more

High School: Al­covy Po­si­tion: Safety/Cor­ner­back Height: 5-9 Weight: 175

Gary Wilkins (Fur­man) No. 35

Au­gust. 30 The game: 13-3 win vs. Gard­ner-Webb Stats: SoCon de­fen­sive player of the week, five tack­les, two and a half sacks, one forced fum­ble Year: Red­shirt se­nior High School: Al­covy Po­si­tion: De­fen­sive End Height: 6-2 Weight: 236

Dante Black­mon (App. State) No. 24

Aug. 30 The game: 52-14 loss @ Michi­gan Stats: Three tack­les, one in­ter­cep­tion

Year: Sopho­more High School: East­side Po­si­tion: De­fen­sive Back Height: 5-11 Weight: 185

Sheldin Rank­ins (Louisville) No. 98

Sept. 1 The game: 31-13 win vs. Mi­ami Stats: Two tack­les, one sack

Year: Ju­nior High School: East­side Po­si­tion: De­fen­sive End Height: 6-2 Weight: 305

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