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From Hoops To Hash Marks: First Year TVCC Player Shinning

He had only played one season of organized football before this August, now folks predict he could be recruited by the country's biggest colleges.

At 6'5, Trinity Valley's Josh Hickman was a true basketball player but had the heart of a true football player.

"When I tried out I was extremely nervous," Josh said. "I'd never done this before."

Josh's tall frame seemed perfect to master the round ball, but it was last spring he picked up a pigskin ball and a true talent was discovered. Unhappy playing college hoops, Josh tried out for the Trinity Valley Cardinals. He joined the team as a walk on.

"I really didn't have a clue of what the right step was or where to go or how to do it," he said of his tryout. 

Josh had only played football for part of the season in the eighth grade, and as he puts it, he was not very good. Now, he plays tight end, special teams, offensive line and left tackle for one of junior college football's powerhouses.

"I'm still learning everyday," he said. "There's things I'm learning everyday. I've got to memorize so much."

Josh devotes about four to five hours a day to football. Coach Mark Sartain said Josh has the potential to move on to a division one college team.

"Josh has been a coach's dream," Sartain said. "He's come in and soaked it up like a sponge. One of the funny things about his situation is we'll make a state or use a football lingo term we assumed he really understands and he doesn't because he has come along so quickly!"

From the baseline to the goal line, Josh has made a pretty impressive transition and there's no other he would rather be than a football field.

"I really can't wait to get to practice to learn more and more. I really love this game."

Josh and the Cardinals celebrate family day Saturday, September 23 against Cisco. The game starts at 7 p.m. at Athens' Bruce Field.

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