Two Manatee High alums have gone in opposite directions this college football season.
Blake Keller cited personal issues for leaving the UCF football team back in mid-October, while Antonio Agurs is excelling at Ferris State.
Keller, who was in his freshman season on the defensive line, led the No. 17-ranked Knights with three sacks at the time of his decision to quit the team.
Agurs, a sophomore slot receiver, was honored as the Athlete of the Week by the Ferris State Torch earlier this month after leading the team in receptions (36) and ranking second on the club with 400 receiving yards. Agurs also has 279 rushing yards and two total touchdowns in 10 games this season.
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Two Palmetto alums, Dequan Reddick and Robert Jackson, have played in 11 games for New Mexico Military Institute and have racked up some solid numbers on the defensive side.
Both players were instrumental parts of Palmetto's state semifinal run in 2011 and have continued in the college game at the junior college program.
Reddick, a freshman strong safety, leads the team with 69 tackles and has 10 tackles for a loss to pair up with two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. Jackson, a sophomore free safety, has tallied 58 tackles, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and a blocked kick.
The Broncos recently completed their regular season at 7-4, and will face Arizona Western College on Dec. 7 in the El Toro Bowl.
Saint Stephen's alum Connor Lynch enabled Brown University to a seventh-place showing at the Ivy League Match Play Championship in October to wrap the program's fall schedule.
Lynch drained a 40-foot putt on the 18th hole to force sudden-death extra holes, then proceeded to nail a 30-footer to clinch his match and give Brown the ability to log a seventh place finish.
Former Bradenton Christian multi-sport star Maria DeKuiper led NCAA Division III Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Mich.) with 16 points in an 88-81 loss to Hope College on Tuesday. It was the first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association contest for both teams. DeKuiper, a junior, was 6-for-6 from the field, including three 3-pointers.
Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7017. Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill.