Troy Epps chooses Coffeyville

Brian Whitmore - Union Daily Times

Troy Epps, the standout defensive lineman and fullback for the Union Yellow Jackets, has signed a letter of intent to play for Coffeyville Community Junior College in Coffeyville, Kan.

The Red Ravens are known for signing many players to Division I schools after they earn their two-year degree. Coffeyville was ranked No. 9 in the final 2005 NJCAA football poll. The Ravens finished the year 9-3 with an appearance in the Golden Isles Bowl Classic in Brunswick, Ga.

Epps chose Coffeyville, because he'll likely start as a freshman and will get valuable game experience before transferring to a Division I school.

"We're excited Troy has the opportunity to go to Coffeyville," said coach Tommy Bobo. "Coffeyville does a good job preparing students athletically and academically."

The Ravens want to use Epps on their defensive line. He certainly capable of doing even more.

"He did extremely well for us on both sides of the ball," said Bobo.

A big part of Union's run to the 3A upperstate championship game, Epps stats for 2006 were impressive. At fullback, he averaged more than six yards per carry and was the leading pass receiver for four games. On defense, he had 65 tackles, six sacks, 10 quarterback pressures, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles.

"He is a very powerful runner, as well as a superb blocker," said running backs coach Billy Jack Moore. "He has soft hands and would seldom drop a pass."

Epps is ready to accept the challenge that college has to offer. He said he would not be where he is without the support of his coaches, teachers, friends, fans and especially the love and support of his mother, brother and sister.

Epps' awards include the following:

Lettered four years on varsity, a three-year starter
Offensive Player of the Week
Defensive Player of the Week
North South All-Star
North South All-Star Captain
Spartanburg Herald-Journal All-Area
Spartanburg Herald-Journal Player of the Week (twice)
Captain of UHS football team
Second team All-State
2002 championship team
Lettered four years
All-Region ( twice)
Currently ranked No. 1 heavyweight wrestler in 3A
No. 1 heavyweight in the region for four years
State finalist
Lettered three years


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