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High Expectations for Senior

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Anton GraphenreedAs the South Alabama football team gears up for the 2011 season, there are many questions still being asked about the program. This is a given fact for any program in its third year of existence.

One question that has already been answered is who the leaders on this year’s team are.

If you have paid attention to the program over the past two seasons, you should know there are some players who have been around longer than others. One of these players is senior cornerback Anton Graphenreed.

Graphenreed has played in 16 of 17 games in the past two seasons and has just a year left to truly leave his mark at USA. He is a leader on this year’s team not only because of his experience but because he has the skill and character to lead. And on a team that is in its infancy, leadership and character is what USA needs to continue success.

“As teammates, we have all become brothers.” Graphenreed said. “We have all grown together and gotten better together.”

After proving all the doubters wrong the past two seasons, every player on the team, including Anton, is ready to prove their worth again. “We want to prove everyone wrong.” Graphenreed said. “As a senior and just being on the team, I want to go out with a bang.

“I remember being out on the intramural fields just itching to get some pads on. And now when you look around, new things are popping up, like the field house. Everything is getting real. Our vision is becoming a reality. Now we have to keep it going and keep building.”

And as the football program continues to grow, even higher touted freshman are coming in ready to play. And with freshmen coming in there must be senior leaders to share the vision of the South Alabama football program. Graphenreed is surrounded by great young talent as a defensive back. He is working every day, side by side with players like freshman Ameriol Finley and E.J. May.

“South’s name is buzzing around and we are bringing in a lot of people without talent,” Graphenreed said. “These young guys are soaking up everything like a sponge, and they are executing.”

And as a football program,  the start of every season is exciting, but this season is a little more hyped up because


Written by Jayson Curry | Sports Editor

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