By DAVID MCCOLLUM
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
GREENBRIER — The most current Hendrix College football statistics are from 1961.
That’s not the priority stats Greenbrier quarterback Seth Peters was looking for when he became the first Faulkner County athlete to join the revived Warrior program, which has offered football in more than 50 years.
Hendrix will begin football competition this fall in NCAA Division III, which doesn’t offer athletic scholarships.
“One of the driving focuses of my life has always been academics,” said Peters, who was one of the top quarterbacks in the state statistically in leading the Panthers to a 5A-West title and a 10-win season last year. “I love football and playing football but more important to me was getting a good education and it will help me fulfill my dream of becoming a doctor.”
“Seth has special talents athletically, but he also is a great student,” said Greenbrier coach Randy Tribble. “He loves to play the game, but he’s always been interested in learning all he can academically from the best teachers.”
“It’s also very exciting to me to be one of the first to play in a start-up program,” Peters said. “It’s a chance to make your own history, set your own footsteps rather than follow others’ footsteps. I hope I can fulfill expectations.
“I understand they will be running some form of spread offense, so there should be a lot of things they do I’ll be familiar with.”
Peters said Hendrix began recruiting him almost as soon as new coach Justin “Buck” Buchanan began assembling a staff last summer.
“Their coaches were out here over the summer and at a lot of our practices,” Peters said. “They certainly gave the impression they wanted me. I was excited about what they could offer both academically and athletically. I think it’s a good fit for me.
“I didn’t want to go somewhere where football was the only thing. Hendrix recruited me hard and sold me on how I could get a great education.”
During the ceremony before the student body, Peters’ father, Kyle, invited everyone to Hendrix games and said he would buy them season tickets.
“Of course, all tickets are free for Hendrix games,” he said with a laugh. “Come on out.”
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