Fort Valley State’s Furr earns MVP of all-star game

mlough@macon.comJanuary 13, 2014 

DeRon Furr made the most of his role in the debut of the Medal of Honor Bowl.

The former Fort Valley State linebacker/rover was named the MVP of the National team in the game played Saturday at The Citadel.

The American team won 20-3.

Furr led the National group -- coached by former Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey -- with six tackles and two pass breakups.

The Carver-Columbus grad was second in tackles last season for the Wildcats with 60 tackles, including 11.5 for loss, two sacks, nine quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles.

Defensive lineman Euclid Cumming of Georgia Tech was also on the National roster, along with wideout Gerald Ford of Valdosta State

Former teammate offensive lineman Ryan Riggins was on the American roster, as was defensive back Dexter Moody of Albany State and linebacker Jeremy Grable of Valdosta State.

Former Florida receiver Solomon Patton was the American MVP with three catches for 50 yards, a 33-yard run and a 15-yard kickoff return.

A crowd of 5,135 watched the first game, set up for seniors hoping to draw more attention from NFL scouts.

Bobcats on the fringe

Georgia College will open the baseball season in nearly a month as the No. 32 team in Collegiate Baseball’s Division II preseason poll.

The Bobcats take on top-ranked Tampa in Milledgeville on Feb. 15-16 after starting the season hosting King on Feb. 8-9. Georgia College, the defending Peach Belt Conference tournament champs, are at home for 14 of their first 15 games. That includes against No. 23 UNC Pembroke in early March.

Georgia College finished 36-19 last season and returns all-conference performers Daniel Bick, Clay Ardeeser and Jake Sandlin.

Ex-Bears become TV stars?

There must be something about people from Macon and Home & Garden TV.

Add former Mercer athletes Daniel Emerson and Chelsea Gebben Emerson to the network’s connection to Macon, appearing last week in “Property Virgins.”

Emerson was the third in his family to play basketball at Mercer, suiting up for the Bears from 2008-10. His wife was on the Bears’ volleyball team from 2006-09, setting an NCAA record with 22 consecutive service aces in a set as a freshman and graduating in 2010.

They were married in the summer of 2010, lived in Belgium while Daniel spent a year playing pro basketball, then lived to Orlando before another move, to Atlanta.

The show follows first-time home-buyers through the process.

The Emersons became parents to daughter Finley on Nov. 5, 2012 while they were living in Orlando. The move to Atlanta came in the spring of 2013, with the house-hunting in the summer.

Ironically, the original episode that ran Jan. 7 came two hours before the debut of Macon Realtor JoJo Jones on the network’s first episode of “Beat The House.”

The Emersons’ episode will be re-run again at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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