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Football: West Forsyth alum Hampton McConnell transferring from Georgia Southern to West Georgia
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West Forsyth quarterback Hampton McConnell looks to pass during a game against Mill Creek on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. - photo by File photo

Former West Forsyth football standout Hampton McConnell is transferring from Georgia Southern University to the University of West Georgia.

McConnell announced the decision Wednesday on Twitter, saying “I will be transferring to west Georgia next semester to further my academic and athletic career. I am very grateful that god has blessed me with this opportunity and I can’t wait to get to work and make the most of it.”

McConnell started at quarterback for West in 2013 and 2014, combining to pass for 3,467 yards and 26 touchdowns and rush for 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns. McConnell was the Forsyth County News’ Offensive Player of the Year in 2013.

McConnell signed with Georgia Southern in 2015, was redshirted and then switched from quarterback to wide receiver. He appeared in five games in 2016 with two catches for 18 yards. McConnell wasn’t on the Eagles’ roster this season as they went 2-10.

McConnell will join a West Georgia program that participates in Division II’s Gulf South Conference and went 9-4 last season under first-year head coach David Dean, falling in the second round of the NCAA playoffs. The Wolves reached the NCAA semifinals as recently as 2015.