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Area grads start college football season

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The first college start of former Corinth Holders standout and Duke true freshman offensive tackle Jacob Monk headlined the participation of Johnstonian News readership area players in week one of the 2019 college football season.

Monk, one of six freshman to play against Alabama, had his hands full with the Crimson Tide as the Blue Devils fell hard, 42-3, on Saturday in Atlanta. 

Over in Raleigh, his former teammate and East Carolina redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Matt Morgan started on the line at right tackle for the Pirates against N.C. State on Saturday.

Morgan graduated from Corinth Holders after a stellar prep career and worked his way into the starting lineup in the offseason to follow mostly special teams contributions in 2018.

In Buies Creek, North Johnston product and Campbell redshirt senior offensive lineman Jacob Cuddington along with redshirt senior tight end Michael Wooten of Princeton, took the field for the Camels after being named 2019 captains for the team two days before the first game at Troy. 

The Camels’ offense struggled to move the ball, averaging 2.5 yards per play and 143 total yards of offense in the 43-14 loss. Wooten was not targeted.

 The Johnstonian News compiled a database of as college football players from the area as possible, focusing on in-state programs, but will welcome emails to if a player was missed.