Middleton going to Huntington

Published 6:19 pm Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Recent Bainbridge High School graduate Qwatavius Middleton will continue his football career with the Huntington College Eagles in Montgomery, Ala. next season.

Middleton, a 5-foot-7-inch, 260-pound defensive tackle had 43 tackles as a BHS senior last fall. Six of his tackles were for loss, he also caused one fumble, had 10 quarterback pressures and one quarterback sack. He was a first team All-Region 1AAAA defensive tackle on the coaches’ All-Region team last season.

Middleton, son of Della and Patrick Middleton, was an AB honor roll student at Bainbridge High School. He plans to earn his degree from Huntington, an NCAA Division III school, and then go on to dental school.

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He expressed his appreciation to several people who have helped him progress academically and athletically.

“My math teacher, Mrs. Claire Dunlap, and my English teacher, Mrs. Patricia Sibley, really helped me a lot,” he said.

“They taught me that if you are going to succeed at anything you have to do it in the classroom first.”

“On the field, coach Brian McCorkle, my defensive line coach, helped me improve my defensive skills and become a better player.

“Coach Kelvin Cochran, who coaches outside linebackers, also helped me with a lot of good advice.”

Middleton was recruited by Huntington’s wide receivers coach, Mike Rader. Huntington’s head coach is Mike Turk.

Middleton plans to report to Huntington in July. Until then, he plans to continue working out three or four times a week in the weight room and doing some running to stay in shape.