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February 12, 2014

Will Mobley signs with Cumberlands

Somerset — Three years ago, Pulaski County defensive end Will Mobley moved to Somerset from Ohio and readily admits that he did not fit in at all — both socially or on the gridiron.

My how things can change.

Last fall during the 2013 high school football season, Mobley — a senior at PC — was one of the integral parts of a Maroon team that enjoyed the best season in school history.

Pulaski County finished the year with a school-best 14-1 record, with that lone loss coming in the Class 5A State Championship Football Game to Bowling Green.

And it was Mobley who was one of the mainstays leading the way on the PC defense.

Mobley tallied 70 tackles last fall for the Maroons while recovering a fumble, and due to a solid senior year, the former PC gridder will be taking his talents to The University of the Cumberlands after signing with the Patriots earlier in the week.

“I was looking at Campbellsville pretty hard along with Lindsey Wilson, along with a lot of the other NAIA schools, but when I went to Cumberlands, their players were very nice to me and I felt like I already knew them,” stated Mobley.

“I really liked the defense they play, I really liked their campus, and my dad and my grandpa both went there as well, so I guess I’m keeping the tradition going,” Mobley added.

As for not fitting in when he first arrived at Pulaski County, Mobley said that over time he loved being a Maroon and playing for Pulaski County High School.

“I had a lot of fun playing for PC,” stated the Maroon senior. “When I first got here, I really didn’t know any of the players my sophomore year. I didn’t get to start, and I didn’t really like any of the players. But, when I got to know them, I really liked them and began to share a bond with them, and just got comfortable. They had me at linebacker at first, and then they realized I was more comfortable with my hand down, they moved me to defensive end.”

Pulaski County head coach Johnny Hines says that Mobley will indeed be a hard piece of the puzzle for the Maroons to replace in 2014.

However, he is quick to point out that Pulaski County’s loss will truly be The University of the Cumberlands gain in the long run.

“Will has been a tremendous player for us for the last three years,” pointed out Hines.

“Will played defensive end and just did a great job of anchoring our defensive line,” added the Pulaski County head coach. “He was a very strong player and very agile and just made a lot of plays for our team. Off the field, Will was also a great leader for our team. He was one of only a handful of seniors that we had this year that led the way to the best season that we had in our history. We’re awfully proud of him and glad to see him have the opportunity to go play football for The University of the Cumberlands.”

While Mobley may have not fit in at PC when arriving on campus three years ago, as his game showed this past season, the Maroon defensive end will no doubt feel right at home in a Patriots’ uniform this fall.

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