Shorter Hawks place 2nd on GSC pre­sea­son all-con­fer­ence team

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Nemo Red­dish helped his high school team reach the pin­na­cle of suc­cess. Now he’s getting rec­og­nized for the work he’s do­ing at the col­lege level.

The Shorter Univer­sity sopho­more de­fen­sive back and Hawks se­nior wide receiver Lewis Hayes were named to the 2018 Pre­sea­son All-Gulf South Con­fer­ence Team last week.

Red­dish played in 10 games last sea­son for the Hawks, and fin­ished with 68 to­tal tack­les, eight pass breakups, one sack and one in­ter­cep­tion. Head coach Zach Mor­ri­son has said he feels Red­dish will have a big im­pact on the team this sea­son.

Red­dish has al­ready made an im­pact on lo­cal foot­ball fans when he helped carry the Rome Wolves to their first ever state cham­pi­onship in 2017.

Hayes led the team with 56 catches last sea­son and had 801 re­ceiv­ing yards and four touch­downs.

The pre­sea­son honors were re­leased along with the GSC pre­sea­son poll, which is voted on by GSC head coaches. Shorter was picked to fin­ish last out of the nine teams while West Alabama was picked to win the con­fer­ence af­ter win­ning the ti­tle last sea­son.

The Hawks, who got their pre­sea­son of­fi­cially un­der­way Satur­day when play­ers moved into their dorms on cam­pus, will open the sea­son Aug. 30 against Divi­sion I FCS op­po­nent Sam­ford on the road. The matchup with the Bull­dogs, who play in the South­ern Con­fer­ence, will be a re­u­nion of sorts as Red­dish will meet up on the grid­iron with his for­mer Rome team­mates Jai Creamer and Zach Kadum, who are now sopho­mores at Sam­ford.

The Bull­dogs went 8-4 last sea­son, fall­ing to Ken­ne­saw State in the play­offs.

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