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Dawson running back finds collegiate success
S-Hunter Mitchell ring pic
Former Dawson County High School running back Hunter Mitchell won a conference championship during his freshman year at Huntingdon College in Alabama. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Former Dawson County High School running back Hunter Mitchell spent his freshman year at Huntingdon College in Alabama, where his team won a conference championship.

Mitchell spent a few minutes answering questions about his collegiate adventures and what Dawson County means to him.

How has your athletic career been at Huntingdon College?
My athletic career at Huntingdon was a once in a life time thing. I achieved my lifelong goal of becoming a college football player. Huntingdon may not be a very large school, but they have a very competitive football team that I was honored to play on.

What were your expectations versus what has happened?
I wasn't sure of my expectations, I was not sure how I would fit in, compete, or adjust to college life.

What position are you playing?
I was able to continue my high school position if running back in college. I was able to compete with some incredible talent.

How difficult is it to manage your schedule with classes and athletics?
Balancing football and school was not very difficult for me, the coaches allowed sufficient time for school and football.

What is the atmosphere like at the collegiate level versus high school level?
First of all, nothing compares to the atmosphere of Tiger Stadium on a Friday night against Lumpkin County, but I found the atmosphere a little more relaxed in college.

What about the level of competition?
Playing with athletes like Luke Martin, Coey Watson and Tucker Maxwell prepared me for the talent on the college level, but there were definitely some very good athletes at Huntingdon.

How did your experience at Dawson County impact your collegiate career?
My time at Dawson County High School was the absolute time of my life. I wish I could live it over again and again. My senior year, and what we accomplished that year, is something I will always be proud of. Coach Maxwell did spoil us with all the new equipment though. That's something we definitely didn't have at Huntingdon.

Would you change anything if you could? If so, what?
If I could change anything it would be to have prepared for the season better. I was too caught up with work that I didn't prepare.

What has been the best part of your time at Huntingdon? As an individual and as a team?
The best part of going to Huntingdon was our teaming winning the conference championship and winning a massive championship ring. That's definitely something I'll be proud to show my kids one day.

What are you studying?
I'm a business major.

What would you like to do when you graduate?
I'm not sure how much longer my career at Huntingdon will last because I miss my little home town so much. I definitely plan on staying in school, but maybe I'll be able to help the younger generation of Tigers.