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Linn and Falcons keep rolling; local football athletes contribute at their collegiate programs

Updates on local collegiate athletes currently participating in college football.

Bartow Sports Zone does periodic updates on these athletes and those of other collegiate sports.

You may check each athlete's link on our Athletes Beyond Bartow page on this site.

Here are the updates on games of Saturday, November 21:

TARRIS BATISTE — Georgia State University (Sr., Cass HS) … a starter at safety for the Panthers, Batiste recorded three tackles, a pass break up, and made a fourth quarter interception in a 24-10 Sun Belt Conference win over South Alabama Saturday at the Georgia Dome. His interception came late in the fourth quarter at the GSU 38 yard line. Georgia State improved to 4-6 and 3-3 in conference games. The Panthers close out the season by hosting Troy Friday at the Georgia Dome and travel to Georgia Southern Saturday, Dec. 5.

HAYES LINN — Air Force Academy (Jr. Cartersville HS) … saw action for the Falcons in their important 37-30 win at Boise State. Air Force improved to 8-3 overall and took control of the Mountain Division in the Mountain West Conference. Linn has 16 tackles and a pair of pass breakups on special teams and as a safety. He has played in all eleven games for the Falcons and started three. Air Force (6-1 in conference) earns a berth in the MWC title game with a win at New Mexico Saturday.

AUSTIN HARRELL — The Citadel (R-Jr., Adairsville HS) … defensive lineman continued to see action Saturday for the 18th-ranked Bulldogs in their 23-22 upset win over FBS South Carolina. Harrell has appeared in all eleven games for The Citadel and has twelve tackles. The Bulldogs (8-3, 6-1), co-champions of the Southern Conference, travel to Charleston Southern Saturday in the opening round of the FCS playoffs. GORDON GRAY -- Kennesaw State (R-Fr., Cartersville HS) ... saw action in each of the Owls last two games, a 45-13 loss at Coastal Carolina and a 14-6 loss at Presbyterian.

JUSTIN FLOYD — Furman University (R-Sr., Cartersville HS) … saw action in the Paladins 38-28 loss at Wofford. Furman finished the season 4-7 overall and 2-5 in Southern Conference play. Floyd was a starter at left guard most of the season for Furman.

T.L. FORD — UNC-Charlotte (Soph., Cartersville HS) … continues to start at wide receiver for the 49ers. He was targeted five times and made one reception for 15 yards in a 58-10 loss at Kentucky. The reception came on a pass from high school teammate, Brooks Barden. Charlotte fell to 2-9 overall and finished 0-7 in Conference USA. The 49ers travel to Houston, TX Saturday to take on Rice.

BROOKS BARDEN — UNC-Charlotte (R-Fr., Cartersville HS) … started at quarterback Saturday for the 49ers in a 58-10 loss at Kentucky. Barden completed 11 of 25 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He had a long completion of 31 yards and had 47 yards net rushing. His 3-yard touchdown pass came in the fourth quarter. The 49ers (2-9, 0-7 in Conference USA) close out their season this Saturday in Houston, TX at Rice.

NIAGEL CURTISS — Reinhardt University (Sr., Adairsville GA, Gordon Cent. HS) … rushed for 67 yards on 20 carries with a long run of 16 yards as the Eagles lost 37-26 to unbeaten and fourth-ranked St. Francis (IN) Saturday in the opening round of the NAIA Football Championship Series. The Eagles finished 10-1 and were ranked No. 12 in NAIA in the final regular season poll.

TWAN TERRELL — Cornell University (Sr., Woodland HS) … had one tackle in Saturday’s 34-21 Ivy League loss in Philadelphia to Penn. Terrell had 16 tackles and a blocked kick for the season as the Big Red fell to 1-9.

ISAIAH ROSS — Point University (Soph., Woodland HS) .. had four tackles in the Skyhawks 68-21 loss at Baker (KS) University. Point fell to 9-3 overall and previously finished 5-0 in the NAIA Sun Conference. Ross appeared in eight games this season. He had 42 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and a kickoff return of 5 yards.

If we have omitted a local athlete you think should be included, please use our Contact page or the attached form on the Athletes Beyond Bartow page to let us know.​

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