Player Spotlight: Tristan Mumford

Quarterback isn't a usual position to play in high school for a player expected to be a linebacker in college. However, this season at Statesville High Scool in North Carolina took an unusual turn when their first string and second sting quarterbacks went down with injury. They turned to junior running back/linebacker Tristan Mumford to fill the void.

"People ask me if I liked playing quarterback, and I did," said Tristan Mumford. "We had a meeting with the coaches, and we were debating the option of me and Carlis (Parker) switching back and forth [at quarterback]. I'm not sure. I'd like to get back to defense."

Mumford, 6-foot, 228-pounds, did a fine job filling in at quarterback. He threw for more than 1,400 yards at 54-percent with 16 touchdowns. He also added 750 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

"My vision improved," said Mumford, who has not played the quarterback position. "I did a better job with awareness, knowing where I was at on the field. I also stepped up as a team leader."

It's no wonder the list of schools Mumford has been hearing from is a mile long. He already has offers from East Carolina, North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Duke.

"Virginia Tech and Clemson are close to offering me," said Mumford. "They said they'd let me know something by next week. Last summer I went to camps at Tennessee, Duke and North Carolina. I'm excited to be going to camps at Vanderbilt and Florida next summer."

Other schools that have expressed interest in include Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina State, Florida State, Oregon, and Wisconsin. In-state school, Wake Forest, had Mumford on their radar ever since he was a freshman.

"I went to their camp freshman year," said Mumford on Wake Forest, "and they offered me last year, as a sophomore. It's a program I like. I've talked several times with Coach Galloway, the wide receiver coach. They're an improved team. I think they're building something there. Football-wise, they have very knowledge coaches on the staff."

Mumford lost in the 2nd round of the North Carolina 3A playoffs to West Rowan who scored the go ahead touchdown with 25 seconds left in the game. Mumford had 221 yards passing and rushing and two touchdowns. It was the second straight year Statesville lost in the 2nd round.

"Next year we got to get past the second round," said Mumford, "but I want to win State. We haven't set our team goals yet, but I want to be a leader and have a little fun too. It's going to be my last season. I'm going to continue to improve on my strength, speed, and vision."

Mumford was named All-Iredell County this season with more post-season accolades yet to be determined. The Greyhounds finished with a 7-5-1 record, but won six of their last eight games after Mumford settled in at quarterback.

Mumford plans to run track in the spring in the 100 meter dash for the Statesville track team and compete in the long jump and triple jump.

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