Ryan Renick has scored his first collegiate touchdown.
The Iola High School graduate caught a 17-yard reception for Texas A & M University in its Oct. 3 loss at Alabama.
The tight end lined up on the right side of the offensive formation and released from the line of scrimmage after being bumped by a defender. Renick raced straight into the end zone, untouched, after catching his first pass of the season.
With the extra point, Texas A & M evened the score at 14.
The play was not designed that way, he said. “When I got jammed off the line, it opened me up more,” said the graduate student, whose parents watched from the stands. “It was a lot of fun, especially at that point in the game.”
“It was exciting,” he said. “I’m just glad I got that opportunity. It was a really big deal for me.”
He was a receiving target one other time, an incompletion in the fourth quarter. “It was tight coverage,” he said. “It was right out of reach a little bit.”
He also was a blocker on offensive repetitions. During the fourth quarter, an Alabama linebacker knocked him flat on his back when he went to help the backup quarterback scrambling for yardage.
“It just happened,” Renick said, with a laugh about the blow from a defender he said is projected to be a high pick in the NFL draft.
Still, he interfered with the linebacker’s path to the quarterback enough for his teammate to elude the pursuit and gain good yardage near the right sideline.
Renick was able to spot his parents in the stands once the game had started and met with them briefly after the game.
Women’s cross country
Fabiola Hernandez ran a career-best time while placing sixth among Jacksonville College’s entries in the East Texas Shootout 5K. Out of Anderson-Shiro, she finished 27th overall in 22 minutes, 59.7 seconds.
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