Football: Nick Searcy excelling on the field and off the field as graduate student

Photo courtesy of Kevin Eckleberry
Photo courtesy of Kevin Eckleberry

This article is courtesy of Kevin Eckleberry, LaGrange Daily News

Before Saturday's final home game, the 10 seniors on the LaGrange College football roster were recognized. One of those seniors, Nick Searcy, is already a college graduate.

Searcy, who was a prep standout at Peach County, played as a graduate student this season, and he was a key contributor as a defensive back. Searcy was a running back the previous three seasons, but he made the transition to defense as a senior, and he is second on the team with 40 tackles.

"He's a really good football player, but as a human being, it is unbelievable what he's done," LaGrange College head coach Earl Chambers said. "He graduated in three years. He's in graduate school right now. He's playing another position, and he's still trying to help us out in the weight room. It's like this guy is Superman."

In Saturday's 48-38 win over Methodist, Searcy had three tackles, and he also made a massive contribution on a special-teams play in the fourth quarter. The Panthers were clinging to a three-point lead in the fourth quarter when they lined up in punt formation. Instead of kicking the ball, punter Tristan McCann completed a 23-yard pass to Searcy for a first-down.

That led to a game-clinching touchdown as the Panthers secured the win on senior day.