Thursday, August 25, 2011

Familiar names on college football rosters

Several former area players are on Atlantic Coast Conference football rosters this fall. The list includes freshman Qwen Ballard, a walk-on at N.C. State who played at Hunt. Also, former SouthWest Edgecombe running back Jerome Dupree is with the Wolfpack.

North Carolina has 2011 Charles B. Aycock graduate Jarrod James on the offensive line while Kwamaine Battle, the 2006 Wilson Times Ironman of the Year, is a redshirt-senior defensive lineman at Virginia Tech. Battle redshirted last season after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Hokies' second game last fall.

Also, former Fike standout defensive tackle Leroy Vick is at East Carolina but will redshirt this season after a knee injury incurred in the Pirates first spring scrimmage. Vick earned National Junior College Athletic Association preseason All-America acclaim last fall at Georgia Military and enrolled at ECU in January.