EMORY, Va. - Alex Garner made his college football debut Sunday. Garner, a Prestonsburg High School graduate, registered the first tackle in his college football career on Sunday, helping the host Emory & Henry junior varsity team blank Ferrum 14-0.
Members of Garner’s family were in attendance at his first college game.
Garner was eager to hit the field for his first college game. The former Blackcat had put in plenty of practice time leading up to his season-opener.
“Practice is going great, I’ve learned so much already,” Garner commented, prior to his first game. “Its nothing like my Coach DeRossett practices but they are tough. The defense is looking really good and physical while our offense is explosive and quick. It would be a major letdown if we didn’t win the ODAC championship this year. I will be playing defensive end this year. The whole defensive line as a unit is so deep and competitive. I always try to practice with a guy who is a lot better than me, so I can learn and absorb all I can from him. The upperclassmen have really taken me under their wing and have helped me from learning the playbook to executing it out on the field.”
A four-year starter at Prestonsburg under head coach John DeRossett, Garner was named all-state as a sophomore at offensive tackle. He earned all-state recognition as a junior at the defensive end position. After battling back from a near-season-ending injury during his senior season, Garner played in the Kentucky-Tennessee Border Bowl.
Garner was named Offensive Lineman of the Game six times and Defensive Lineman of the Game five times in his high school football career. He was also a letterwinner in track and field.
Emory & Henry competes in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).