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Football: After Week 1, here are some area players to watch in college this season

Kenneth Dicks III (Lambert), RS Freshman, Defensive back – Wake Forest

Dicks played in four games last season, which means he retained his redshirt status, according to legislation passed last year by the NCAA. He made his debut in Wake Forest’s opener against Tulane and played in each of the first three games of the season, then again in November against Pittsburgh, but did not record any stats. The Demon Deacons return their top corners from a year ago, but Dicks should see plenty of action.

Trevon McSwain (Lambert), RS Senior, Defensive tackle – Duke

McSwain started nine games last season, tallying 43 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack a forced fumble. Edgar Cerenord’s ruptured Achilles tendon paved the way for McSwain to see time as a starter, and McSwain’s name is already popping up in 2020 NFL Draft projections.

Richie Kenney (Lambert), Junior, Quarterback – Cornell 

Kenney played in five games last season, completing 14 of 29 passes for 95 yards, adding five rushing yards on three attempts. Kenney will likely open the season behind senior Mike Catanese but could be called upon in the event of an injury.


Cade Vela (West Forsyth), Sophomore, Safety – Davidson

Vela played in eight games as a freshman, logging 15 tackles and an interception. Vela is currently locked in as Davidson’s starting free safety and will likely see plenty of playing time during his sophomore campaign.


Eli Huggins (West Forsyth), Redshirt Sophomore, Defensive Tackle – Kansas State

Huggins played in one game last season, totaling one tackle. Kansas State is carrying nine defensive tackles into the 2019 season, including four upperclassmen. Still, Huggins has the size (6-foot-4, 285 pounds) and skill (he holds West Forsyth’s single-season sack record) to contribute as a sophomore. 


Cameron Kline (South Forsyth), Senior, Linebacker – Harvard

Kline played in a career-high nine games last season, tallying 27 tackles, two sacks and 4 ½ tackles for loss. Kline shined in his final two games of 2018, starting both, collecting seven tackles and a tackle for loss in each game. 


Sam Outlaw (South Forsyth), Senior, Running Back – Kennesaw State

Outlaw has played in 17 games through his first three seasons, rushing for 295 yards and two touchdowns. Outlaw is one of three area players who will contribute to Kennesaw’s offense this year, as Central grad Matt Olson starts at left guard and former South teammate Ryan Pontrelli starts at wide receiver.


SK Howard (Forsyth Central), Junior, Running Back – Cornell

Howard played in just two games last season, but he had 14 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown before a season-ending injury. Two of Cornell’s three top rushers from a year ago return this season, but Howard, who is the all-time leading rusher at Central with 2,598 career yards, should push for playing time.

Sean Bailey (Lambert), Junior, Offensive Lineman – East Carolina

Bailey played in four games last year but won a starting spot at right guard entering the 2019 season. At 6-foot-6, 339 pounds, Bailey will anchor the right side of East Carolina’s offensive line this year.

Jackson Bardall (North Forsyth), Redshirt Junior, Offensive Lineman – Eastern Kentucky

Bardall is a returning starter at center after starting 10 games at the position last year. Bardall and the Eastern Kentucky offensive line paved the way for the Colonels to rush for 2,246 yards in 2018.

Jalen Camp (South Forsyth), Senior, Wide Receiver – Georgia Tech

Camp caught 11 passes for 186 yards last year in then-coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option offense. Camp has just 235 yards on 12 career receptions but figures to be more involved in Geoff Collins’ more pass-friendly system. 

Ben Bresnahan (West Forsyth), Redshirt Freshman, Tight End – Vanderbilt

Bresnahan used a redshirt last year and is playing behind one of the best tight ends in the country this season after Jared Pinkney decided to return for his senior season. Bresnahan should still be involved in the offense, though, as head coach Derek Mason heavily utilizes the tight end position, something he carried over from Stanford, which has produced three NFL starters at tight end in the past seven years.

Ryan McCarthy (Pinecrest Academy), Redshirt Sophomore, Wide Receiver – The Citadel

McCarthy, a two-sport star at The Citadel, started three games and appeared in 10 games total last season after switching from quarterback. McCarthy caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown in 2018. He earned a starting spot in head coach Brent Thompson’s option attack and figures to see time on special teams this year, too.