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Several local players to watch in fall
Former BI Tiger football player Ulrick John (56) is slated to be a starting left tackle for the Georgia State Panthers. - photo by Courier file photo

A number of local athletes who played high school football here will be suiting up for college teams this fall.
Former Liberty County High School football players Jevon Jones and brothers Jovan, Aaron and Trier Bennett will be entering their sophomore, sophomore, junior and senior season, respectively, for the Tuskegee football squad. Jones will line up at defensive end, Jovan Bennett is on the offensive line and Aaron and Trier Bennett are defensive tackles.
At Georgia State, former Bradwell Institute Tigers David Miller and Ulrick John will be joined by former Liberty Panther and incoming freshman Melvin King.
John is entering his junior season and is slated to be a starting left tackle. John signed with the GSU Panthers in 2010 and saw action in four games as a true freshman during the Panther’s inaugural season. Last season, John started at three positions in the first five games of the season and played in 10 games with four starts.
Miller, a rising sophomore, was the backup punter, placekicker and holder last season. He had one kickoff against West Alabama and played in four games as the backup holder.
At Savannah State University, former Tiger Sheldon Barnes is entering his sophomore season as a Tiger running back. In 2011 Barnes played in 11 games, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and scored a touchdown.
 Also listed on the 2012 Tigers roster is former Long County High School quarterback Jake Durham.
Standout Liberty County running back Shadrach Thornton, will enter his freshman season at North Carolina State. Thornton racked up 1,738 rushing yards on 243 carries his senior year and was 17-of-45 passing for 248 yards. He had six receptions for 58 yards and scored 17 touchdowns.Former BI Tiger Chester Brown will be at Central Florida. Brown had accepted an offer to play at Georgia, but a university immigration policy forced him to relinquish the offer. He was immediately offered by UCF and is already on campus prepping for the upcoming season.

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