Tens of thousands of student athletes have competed on college football fields across the nation this fall, including several former local standouts. According to information provided by local high school football coaches, there were 28 players in total from local schools on college football rosters in 2017, several of which made an impact.
Some of them made their marks at the NCAA Division I level, largely considered the apex of collegiate athletics, while others enjoyed success at the lower levels of the NCAA and NAIA.
Those who appeared in games at the NCAA Division I level include former Dalton Catamounts Nate Mays, Kyric McGowan, Jake Roberts, Ahmaad Tanner, Chase Westfall and John Wesley Whiteside; Northwest Whitfield alum Isaiah Mack; and former Southeast Whitfield lineman Noah Ramsey. Former Cats Jordon McKinney and Zeke Cobb and North Murray's Brady Swilling were also listed on Division I active rosters but did not appear in games this year.
Former Cats, Raider in FBS
Mays, McGowan and Ramsey all played at the upper echelon of Division I called the Football Bowl Subdivision. Mays, a redshirt sophomore linebacker at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., appeared in eight games for the Demon Deacons this year and made two tackles. ...