PDT Sports Writer
With the start of college football season this weekend, the Daily Times examines former area high school football players who are on Division I football rosters:
John Prior (Ohio University/Redshirt Sr./OL/Portsmouth)
Prior’s final season for the Bobcats begins Sunday when Ohio travels to No. 9 Louisville.
Last year, the Bobcats traveled to State College and upset Penn State 24-14 to start the season. The win propelled Ohio to a 7-0 start and the Bobcats were ranked as high as 23rd in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.
Prior, who transferred to Athens from Florida State, has played in 26 of Ohio’s last 27 games and has been a part of back-to-back bowl championship teams.
Nate Cadogan (Hampton University/Redshirt Sr./OL/Portsmouth)
After four years at Penn State, Cadogan transferred over the summer to Football Championship Subdivision member Hampton University, which plays in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
In 2012, Cadogan played in nine games for the Nittany Lions in their first year under coach Bill O’Brien. The Pirates, which finished 3-7 in 2012, opened the season Thursday night at Western Illinois.
Trevon Pendleton (Michigan State/Redshirt So./FB/West)
Patience has paid off for Pendleton, a former preferred walk-on for the Spartans.
Friday night, Michigan State opens the season with a home game against Western Michigan. When the Spartans take the field, Pendleton is projected to make his second career start at fullback.
Last year, Pendleton started in one game and played in a total of nine contests as a fullback and as a special teams player. He recorded one tackle last season against Minnesota. Michigan State finished 2012 with a 7-6 record and claimed the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl with a 17-16 win over TCU.
Luke Keller (Morehead State/So./TE-LB/Valley)
The 2011 OHSAA Division V Co-Offensive Player of the Year returns to Morehead for his second season with the Eagles after his 2012 campaign included six catches for 102 yards in 10 games played.
Morehead State, which finished 2012 with a 4-7 record and play in the Pioneer Football League, opened the 2013 campaign Thursday as the Eagles hosted NAIA-affiliated Pikeville.
Chris Fairchild (Kent State/So./DT/Oak Hill)
Fairchild and the rest of the Golden Flashes will look to build upon one of their most successful seasons in program history from a year ago as Kent State began the 2013 season Thursday by hosting FCS member Liberty University.
Under former coach Darrell Hazell, Fairchild played in 10 games as a true freshman. Two of his nine tackles in the season came in last year’s opener against Towson.
Paul Haynes took over the head coaching position of his alma mater after Hazell left to become the head coach at Purdue. Last year, the Golden Flashes peaked as the 17th-ranked team in the country, finished 11-3 and won the MAC East.
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