Community Captains Nominee: Brandon Yeargan

Charlotte (N.C.) Christian's Brandon Yeargan might be most known for leading the Knights this season to a 3-2 record, but the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder also is a leader in the community and the classroom.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that he is a nominee for the Carolina Panthers Community Captains program.

"I think it would be a real great honor," said Yeargan. "It would be really be cool to be picked out of the ten people [who get selected], because it's not only being a good football player it's for being good in the community and academics, too."

The Carolina Panthers Community Captains program will honor student-athletes that have exhibited outstanding leadership on the football field, in the classroom and in their communities

While maintaining a 4.302 grade point average, Yeargan holds down the linebacker position for Charlotte Christian where he has accumulated 32 tackles, one interception, and two force fumbles.

Yeargan's community contributions begin with his participation with his youth group, but have expanded to taking initiative on his own.

"I'm very involved with my youth group," said Yeargan. "Each summer, we've been going on mission trips. We went to Tennessee, we went to West Virginia. Pretty much [we do] manual labor stuff – working on houses, painting them, rebuilding stuff.

"I do a lot of stuff around school, too. For example, next Sunday I'm going to help out with stuff at our school with our pool."

Yeargan has found influences from many different people in his quest to excel as an all-around person.

"On the football field it's my coaches and my dad," said Yeargan. "My dad is probably my hardest critic. We'll get together on Saturday, watch the film on each game and go over what I can do better.

"My parents really push me in the class room. Regardless of football, they make sure the focus is school and that I can get into any [college] that I want to get into.

"My youth pastor is really good at getting us involved [in the community]. She organizes all of the stuff and makes it fun, too. I enjoy helping out in the community."

Kerry Neal of Bunn (N.C.) and Cameron Ford of Anderson (S.C.) Hanna have been named as two of the ten captains, thus far.

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