FOOTBALL: Nederland’s Arline going to Concordia-Nebraska
NEDERLAND — Seward, Nebraska, meet Carsen Arline of Nederland, Texas.
Arline landed a scholarship to Seward’s Concordia University, Nebraska, and signed a letter of intent with the Bulldogs on Wednesday, the first day of the traditional signing period for football.
“I didn’t think there was a lot to do out there, but I felt like I was at home,” he said. “I have some family up there, so I’m not leaving much behind but just my mom and dad. I love them a lot. I’m just blessed to be able to play football at the next level.”
Concordia competes in the NAIA and the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs finished 3-7 last season, but produced six All-Americans since 2012.
Nebraska is not the farthest college destination from Nederland were the Bulldogs have sent a player that second-year head coach Monte Barrow can remember. Running back Troy Benjamin committed to a college in Minnesota, he recalled.
“If guys want to go play football, they can play football, and I’m real happy Carsen is getting that opportunity.”
Arline became a consistent deep threat for the Bulldogs, who started the season 9-0 and made it the area round of the 5A Division II playoffs. He had a 24-yard catch from Bryce McMorris down to the Fort Bend Willowridge 4 that pulled the Bulldogs within two points early in the fourth quarter of their home bi-district round game, which Nederland pulled out 22-16.
“He’s had a lot of big plays for us,” Barrow said. “… Carsen’s just that kid who shows up on Friday night. You don’t notice him during the week. He doesn’t say a lot. I’ve maybe heard him say 50 words in four years. That’s OK. He goes out and does his work. He puts the work in and it shows up on Friday nights.”
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