Christmas Spirit

Tallahassee Godby tailback <b>Roy Upchurch</b> has plenty of moves on the football field, shattering the program's season and career rushing marks. In fact, FSU offensive coordinator <b>Jeff Bowden</b> visted with Upchurch at school on Friday. Off the field, Upchurch is noted for his sense of humor and kind demeanor, especially during the Christmas holidays. He also receives some help from local players like Lincoln receiver <b>Fred Rouse.</b>

Roy Upchurch is in the holiday spirit.

Upchurch -- Tallahassee Godby High's record-setting tailback -- has spent his past two Christmas holidays collecting donations from local businesses and residents and delivering them as Christmas gifts to local senior citizens.

Upchurch is back at it again this Christmas season.

Upchurch has been collecting donations for his 3rd Annual Christmas Drive for the Elderly. Donations include blankets, space heaters, household items, gift cards, and non-perishable food items.

You can help by bringing your donations to any of the following drop off sites: Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic, Elder Care Services, Capital Area Community Action Agency, Premier Health and Fitness, and Titus Sports Academy.

All donations will be gift wrapped and personally delivered by Upchurch and several other area standouts, including receiver Fred Rouse of Lincoln and tailback Mike Smith of Rickards.

Upchurch continues this tradition in honor of his late grandmother Gladys Garner, whom he took care of for 18 months before she passed away in 2001.

Upchurch, of course, also is being kept busy by collegiate recruiters. His list of favorites include Florida State, Alabama and North Carolina.

FSU offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden visited with Upchurch at school last Friday. North Carolina assistants also visited with Upchurch last Friday, and Alabama made a school visit last week as well.

UNC was the first school to offer Upchurch last summer.


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