Published On: Wed, Mar 23rd, 2016
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FOOTBALL: Panther commits to Carson-Newman

 

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Kennan Panther, Braves senior linebacker, announced on Tuesday, March 22 that he has committed to play football this fall at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather photos)

ONE FEATHER STAFF REPORT

 

Kennan Panther, Braves senior linebacker, announced on Tuesday, March 22 that he has committed to play football this fall at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City.  The future Eagle topped the Smoky Mountain Conference this past season with 158 tackles and was named All-Smoky Mountain Conference for the second year in a row (2014, 2015).

“He was a great team leader that always put the team first,” Kent Briggs, Braves head coach, said in a statement on Tuesday. “He’s one of the best hitters I have ever been around.  I’m very excited that his hard work and commitment has paid off with a great opportunity to play at the next level.”

Briggs related he thinks Panther can be a “great linebacker or fullback” for Carson-Newman.

The Eagles, who play in the Division II South Atlantic Conference, went 9-3 in their 2015 season which ended in a 61-59 loss to Valdosta St. in the first round of the playoffs.

An official signing ceremony will be held for Panther at a later date.

Cherokee’s Kennan Panther (#36) puts a hard block on Cosby’s Jacob Jackson (#32) to allow Braves running back Steven Swayney (#34) around the end for a big gain.

Cherokee’s Kennan Panther (#36) puts a hard block on Cosby’s Jacob Jackson (#32) to allow Braves running back Steven Swayney (#34) around the end for a big gain in a game this past fall.