College football roundup: A look at how former area high school players fared in 2023

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Sam Adkins, Bridgewater: A senior linebacker, Adkins played in 10 games and made 34 tackles (18 solo) to rank seventh on the Eagles, and had two pass breakups. He had two tackles for loss against Averett on Oct. 21, when he had a season-high 11 tackles (six solo).

Jaden Ashby, Southern Utah: A freshman wide receiver, Ashby played in nine games and made one solo tackle. The NCAA Division I FCS Thunderbirds went 6-5 overall and 4-2 in the United Athletic Conference as part of the team’s first winning season since 2017.

Jared Neal, Shenandoah: A freshman quarterback, Neal played in one game. He completed his only pass attempt for five yards.

Jackson Turner, Endicott: A senior running back, Turner was not credited with any game action. The NCAA Division III Seagulls went 9-2 overall and 5-0 in league play to win the Commonwealth Coast Conference. The Seagulls lost 23-17 to eventual national champion Cortland in the first round of the playoffs and finished with a No. 15 ranking.

Andrew Waters, Concord: A sophomore linebacker, Waters played in six games and made six tackles (0.5 for a loss), including five against Emory & Henry on Sept. 2. The NCAA Division II Mountain Lions went 1-10 overall and 1-9 in the Mountain East.


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