Cantrell looking to continue his brother’s legacy at Tusculum
by Andy Southard | February 12, 2018 8:02 am
All across the United States, high school football players signed their name on the dotted line during Wednesday’s National Signing Day for college football.
The first Wednesday of February starts the signing period, and most players take advantage of the first day to make their announcements official.
Senior Warrior football player Andrew Cantrell was part of that big day in high school football when he signed his letter of intent to continue his career at the college level.
Cantrell followed in the footsteps of his brother, Hunter Cantrell, and signed on the line for NCAA Division II’s Tusculum College, which is in Greenville, Tennessee.
Andrew Cantrell, like his brother, has come up through the White County football system, beginning his playing days in the youth league, then continuing to White County Middle School, and finishing out at White County High School.
Cantrell made a significant impact for the Warriors’ football team this year in many different spots. The senior played wide receiver and quarterback for the Warriors on the offensive side of the football, and, on the defensive side, he played safety for the Warriors. However, where Andrew Cantrell made his impact on the football field, much like his brother, was on special teams. Andrew Cantrell did all the kicking for the Warriors this season and will continue his career at Tusculum, handling the punting duties. This past season for the Warriors, Andrew Cantrell punted 38 times for 1,627 yards. He averaged 42.8 yards per punt with a long of 62 yards. Cantrell pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line five times, which also earned him a spot on the All-Region Team.
Cantrell will be headed to play for Tusculum College, which plays in the South Atlantic Conference of NCAA Division II. Coach Jerry Odom’s team finished 5-5 this past season.
On why he chose Tusculum, Andrew Cantrell says, “I felt at home when it came to Tusculum. The coaching staff embraced and showed a lot of love towards me. I feel like the coaching staff is turning around the program. I feel like in my four years there I am going to have a good chance at winning a championship.”
As far as school, he added, “I plan on majoring in business administration. Business is such a broad major, and I will be able to do a lot with my degree.”
When Andrew Cantrell steps foot on campus this fall, he will have some big shoes to fill from their previous punter, his brother, Hunter Cantrell. Hunter Cantrell holds many of the punting records at Tusculum, and this past season was the best of his career.
Hunter Cantrell earned two All-Region accolades this past season and finished the year with a 41.64 punting average, which was second in the SAC and 15th in the country. His average this season was also the fifth high in a Tusculum single season. Of his 56 punts, 26 were pinned inside the 20-yard line, the most of any punter in the conference. He also recorded six punts over 50 yards, including a season-long 56-yarder at Limestone. Hunter Cantrell left Tusculum as its all-time leader with his 241 punts and 9,504 punting yards and its fourth best average with 39.44.
When I asked Andrew Cantrell what does it mean to follow his brother at Tusculum, he said, “I love the idea of following in my brother’s footsteps. Being able to continue the Cantrell legacy is a dream come true. Hunter had a good run up there, and I am planning on having a better one. Competition is always a good thing, and knowing the person who holds the records just adds on to it. I’d love to leave Tusculum with one or two of my own.”