Ware Shoals' Jackson Boland, front center, signed his national letter of intent to play football at Presbyterian College on Wednesday. The senior punter was joined by, front row from left, his mother, Jill Boland, and father, Mickey Boland. Back row: Ware Shoals athletic director and football coach Lance Abernathy and kicking coach Jonathan Bass.
(Andrew Macke | Index-Journal)
WARE SHOALS — When Jackson Boland was younger playing football in middle school, he never thought he would one day be a college football player.
Even when he got to high school, Boland still never imagined himself playing college football.
But Boland exceeded his expectations on Wednesday. The Ware Shoals High School punter signed his national letter of intent to play at Presbyterian College next season.
"It feels good," Boland said. "It's been stressful. You don't think things are going to work out in the first place, but when you go down the road, they finally do and you just feel relieved."
When Boland was younger, it was discovered he had a back condition that limited the amount of contact he could endure. He could not take the repetitive knocks that come along with playing most positions in football, so he picked up punting.
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