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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.”

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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