Washington County football alumni making their mark at next level

Jeff Birchfield • Nov 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Several Washington County high school football alumni are enjoying success at the college level.

Science Hill has over a dozen players alone in the college ranks, while Daniel Boone and David Crockett have players making their mark on the gridiron. Here’s a quick peek at what some are doing.


Justin Bedard, Cornell

The senior linebacker had 22 tackles, including three for a loss, and 1 1/2 sacks heading into Saturday’s game. His efforts include five tackles and a pass breakup against Ivy League opponent Princeton.

Bedard, who appeared in 10 games on defense and special teams as a junior, made his first career start in the season opener against Marist.

Malik McGue, ETSU

After transferring from Army, the former Science Hill quarterback has accounted for 196 all-purpose yards. The junior has played running back as well as a few snaps at quarterback in the wildcat formation. He has 29 rushing yards, including a 6-yard touchdown against Austin Peay. McGue has 45 passing yards and 15 receiving yards.

On special teams, McGue has 77 punt-return and 75 kick-return yards. As a backup quarterback at Army, McGue scored on touchdown runs of 41 yards against Lafayette and 32 yards against Notre Dame. He also threw a touchdown pass against UTEP.

Blake Austin, ETSU

The freshman lineman has appeared in one game this season, the Bucs’ 48-10 win over Shorter in the home opener.

Malcolm White, Chattanooga

The senior offensive lineman has started every game of his college career at left tackle after redshirting his first year. He was a Southern Conference all-freshman selection after being an all-state player at Science Hill.

JerMichael White, Western Carolina

The senior defensive back is making up for lost time after missing most of last season with an injury. He played in three games before the injury and made two interceptions. After the medical redshirt, White has 67 tackles through nine games, already matching his career-best junior year.

Jaylan Adams, The Citadel

After redshirting last season, Adams has four kick returns for 51 yards on special teams. He has also played at defensive back, making a tackle against Samford.

Bryson Tolley, Tennessee Tech

The junior linebacker has appeared in 24 games for the Golden Eagles, including five this season. He has eight career tackles, including one for a loss.

Alex Rinella, Western Kentucky

Rinella, a redshirt senior, was one of only four specialists at the FBS level to make appearances as a place kicker, punter and kickoff man in 2018. As a kicker, he was 12-of-12 on extra points and 7-of-10 on field-goal attempts, including 7-of-8 inside 50 yards. He had 67 punts with a 37.5 yard average.

On the Ray Guy Award watch list, Rinella booted a 49-yard punt earlier this season against Maine. He has three touchbacks as a kicker, including two against Louisville.

Nakiya Smith, Eastern Kentucky

Playing on the defensive line, the redshirt sophomore has 20 tackles with highs of four against Tennessee State and Murray State. He played in all 11 games his freshman season and had six tackles in a 23-14 win over Southeast Missouri State.

On special teams, he has three kick returns for 19 yards as one of the up men. He had a 9-yard return in the Colonels’ last game against Austin Peay.

Reece Fain, Carson-Newman

Fain, a junior, made the move from tight end to offensive lineman in the 2018 season and started the final seven games of the season. He has continued to perform at a high level, starting all eight games at right tackle this season.

Tre Stuart, Union (Ky.)

Stuart is a rarity these days, playing on both sides of the ball for the Bulldogs. He was a defensive tackle in Union’s loss to St. Thomas earlier this season and then played left tackle for the offense against the University of the Cumberlands.


Austin Lewis, Liberty

The sophomore defensive lineman was a freshman All-American in 2018 with 24 tackles, including 6 1/2 tackles for a loss. He had eight tackles, including four solo, against Army. Through the first eight games of the 2019 season, Lewis registered 29 tackles, including 10 for loss.

Tyler Estep, Tusculum

The defensive lineman and long snapper on special teams has appeared in two games his freshman season. He appeared in the Pioneers’ loss to No. 20 West Alabama and their 38-10 win over Limestone.

Mark Seidler, Texas Wesleyan

Seidler, a freshman linebacker, has excelled his freshman season for the Rams. He had 64 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks over the Rams’ first nine games. He feasted against SAGU (Southwest Assemblies of God University), racking up 15 tackles and four sacks versus the Lions.


Justin Clark, University of the Cumberlands (Ky.)

The junior lineman has appeared in three games this season, the most recent on Oct. 19 in a 26-8 win over Cumberland (Tenn.) University. The Patriots were 8-0 heading into Saturday’s game with Thomas More University. Clark played in 12 games his junior season with four tackles.

Justin Turner, Union (Ky.) College

Turner, also a junior lineman, has converted from defense to offense. He made 13 tackles on the defensive side of the ball his freshman season over six games. He is one of two players named Justin Turner on the Bulldogs’ roster with the other, a freshman from Burkesville, Kentucky.

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