Time flies when you’re having fun, especially when you are blessed to be doing something that you thoroughly enjoy and love.

And, the one thing former Southwestern standout Sam Sexton has always enjoyed, is lacing up a helmet, walking across those white lines onto the gridiron, and playing the game of football.

For Sexton, the past few years have certainly flown by. It seems as if it was only last week, that number 14 at Southwestern was leading the Warrior offense down the field for a game-winning touchdown from his quarterback position, or making a key tackle to keep a would-be scorer out of the end zone.

Yes, those were the good ole’ days back then, when Sexton, a class act both on and off the field, was starring on Friday night’s for the orange and blue of Southwestern.

But, some three and a half years later, Sexton, now wearing number 19 for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, is getting set to graduate from college next May.

Where has the time went?

Sexton is a senior this season on the Western Kentucky University football team, and is one of WKU’s four co-captains in 2006.

Sexton has had more than his share of success during his football career on “The Hill” down in Bowling Green. But, what is maybe so impressive about that fact, is that Sexton has enjoyed that success learning to play a different position at the collegiate level.

“Western won the national championship during my senior year at Southwestern, and the coach at that time, coach (Jack) Harbaugh recruited me as a quarterback, and I came in down here as a quarterback,” pointed out Sexton.

“However, coach Harbaugh left, and coach David Elson came in, and we had a lot of injuries, so they decided to move me over to linebacker,” Sexton stated. “And, I would have to say looking back, that it was definitely a change for the good. It allowed me to play right away as a freshman, and I’ve certainly enjoyed my time here as a Hilltopper.”

Indeed, Sexton took to his new position change right away.

Playing as a true freshman during the 2003 season, Sexton appeared in 12 games for the Hilltoppers, coming up with eight tackles and one quarterback sack.

In 2004, he tallied 23 tackles, and last season, despite missing a game due to an injury, he came up with 33 tackles during the 2005 campaign.

And, it was last year that Sexton really began to make a big-time contribution on the football field for the Hilltoppers.

Sexton, a junior last year at Western, had five tackles in the Hilltoppers last-second victory over arch-rival Eastern Kentucky, and also caused a fumble in that contest.

He had a career-high, 8 tackles in Western’s win on the road at Illinois State, which included a quarterback sack.

And arguably, maybe the highlight of his WKU football career, came last season when he returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown against Youngstown State.

Yes, Sexton’s has indeed made his mark on the WKU football program.

And, he’s gotten the job done in the classroom as well.

Sexton, a marketing major, earned the Gateway Conference Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award, and was also on the league’s Academic Honor Roll in 2004.

Last season, Sexton made the Gateway Football Conference’s Academic Honor Roll as well, so he’s excelled both, in the classroom and on the football field.

“It really is kind of scary, when I stop and think sometimes just how fast the time has gone by,” said Sexton.

“I plan on graduating next May, and it really doesn’t seem possible that it’s that close,” he added. “The three and a half years that I have been here have gone by so quickly. It’s kind of crept up on me and caught me a little off guard.”

This season, the Hilltoppers after suffering consecutive losses on the road at Georgia and at Eastern Kentucky University, are off to an 0-2 start this season.

However, Sexton says he and his teammates know that 2006 still has the potential to be a very special season for WKU.

But, would you really expect the co-captain of the football team to say anything different?

“That’s a great honor for me, and it’s a privilege to be one of the four co-captains on our football team this season,” said Sexton. “It means a great deal to me, because those positions are voted on by our teammates, and it’s an honor to be thought of so highly by your teammates.”

“We’re a little disappointed that we’re 0-2 right now, but we’ve done a lot of work in the offseason to prepare for this year, and there’s a lot of season still left,” Sexton added. “We still believe that we’re going to have a very good year this season.”

With only two games gone by in 2006, there is indeed, a lot of season still left for Western Kentucky University.

And, if this year is any indication of the three pervious seasons, Sam Sexton is going to make the very most out of the time he has left in a Hilltopper uniform.

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