Making Plays

Nashville defensive tackle Kadem Ray (6-5, 300, 5.3) is planning to be on hand this Saturday for Arkansas' Junior Day.

It's one thing to be big. It's quite another to be big and make plays.

Nashville defensive lineman Kadem Ray (6-5, 300, 5.3) proved during his junior season in 2004 he was the latter with 96 tackles, 16 tackles for losses, 9 quarterback pressures, 3 quarterback sacks, 4 caused fumbles and 2 recovered ones for a 13-1 team.

That's drawn the attention of schools such as the homestate University of Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Rice and Tulsa.

"The season went pretty good for both our team and myself," Ray said. "I made a lot happen on defense this season. My strengths are that I have pretty good feet, I'm pretty big and I can get off my blocks and get to the ball."

Ray is very interested in Arkansas, where he will attend a Junior Day this weekend, check out the school and the facilities and take in the Razorbacks' basketball game with Tennessee.

"I'd like to play there if given the opportunity," Ray said. "I am looking forward to getting up there and checking everything out."

Ray, who had 58 tackles and 5 sacks as a sophomore, is not sure where all he will camp this summer.

"I'm just kind of looking at that, but I might end up at Arkansas and going to camp at Tulsa as well," Ray said. "I'm just trying to get better each day and will work hard this summer to do so."

Nashville's 13-1 season ended with a 27-6 to eventual champ Central Arkansas Christian in the Class AAA semifinals with Ray a big key for new head coach Chris Wood, the former Shiloh Christian head coach.

"He's got a chance to be a great one," Wood has been quoted as saying. "He's got great feet, quickness and natural strength."


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