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Currituck's Jennings embraces expectations

Lineman was named to NCC's all-conference team in '17

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Currituck's Collin Jennings

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

BARCO — Collin Jennings acknowledged that there are higher expectations for the Currituck football team.

Coming off of a 4-7 season and in range of making the 2AA state playoffs in the final weeks of the 2017 season, Jennings and the Knights are embracing the goal of making the playoffs for the upcoming season.

Currituck last appeared in the state playoffs in 2013.

The Knights surpassed The Daily Advance’s preseason predictions for the 2017 season of a last-place finish in the Northeastern Coastal conference.

Currituck finished fourth in the NCC last fall and could have been higher.

This season, the Knights were selected to finish third in the league behind Northeastern and Hertford County.

Jennings is embracing those expectations and believes in the talent on the team.

“We have a lot of upcoming freshmen and upcoming sophomores,” Jennings said. “I believe that we have a lot of talent this year. Expectations are high this year.”

Jennings, listed at 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, has been a member of the Currituck varsity football team the previous two seasons.

He was selected to the NCC’s all-conference second team on the offensive line last fall.

Currituck interim head football coach Paul Bossi noted that Jennings is a hard worker that is disciplined and very respectful.

“He’s got a lot of motivation and ambition,” Bossi said. “He wants to work hard. He wants to go places.”

Now a junior, Jennings is once again one of the key pieces on the Knights’ offensive line.

Jennings, a left guard, noted that the offensive line doesn’t have as much depth this season, but he has faith in his teammates.

“I believe that we have a lot of talent on the O-line,” he said. “We can work with it and we can be good.”

Bossi noted that Jennings is essentially the captain on the line and is a smart kid.

“He’s making a lot of the calls on the line,” Bossi said. “He is helping a lot of the other kids.”

Football runs in the family of Currituck lineman.

Jennings’ father, Sean Jennings, played college football as an offensive lineman for three years at Virginia Tech in the early 1990s.

“The shoes are big,” Collin acknowledged. “I’ve got to fill them.”

Collin said for most of his life, he played soccer, but when he reached high school, he gave football a shot.

“Things just took off from there,” Collin said.

He noted that he enjoys the grind of football.

Looking forward, Collin wants to play college football.

“That’s the main goal,” he said.

Bossi added that Collin has the tools to play at the college level.

“He is definitely going to play ball somewhere,” Bossi said. “He’s going to be no less than Division II, but I’m looking at him as a [Division] I prospect. He’s got the size for D-I. He really works hard in the weight room. He made gains that were outstanding.”

Bossi projects by the time Collin is a senior, he will have the measurables that college coaches look for in a prospect.

“He’ll already have the size. He’ll have the skill level. He’s got the brains,” Bossi said. “He’s a true D-I prospect if he continues to grow and wants to do it.”

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