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NEMCC's Hurley persevered through pandemic to continue career

Walnut native and NEMCC quarterback Kevin Hurley used a shortened season to go from no offers to committing to UTEP.

Posted: Dec 16, 2020 6:57 PM
Updated: Dec 17, 2020 9:41 AM

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Going into the 2020 Junior College football season, coaches and players didn't really know what to expect. The NJCAA recommended teams postpone their seasons. The MACCC kept pushing the start date back, but for NEMCC's Kevin Hurley, he never lost focus on his goal to play for a 4-year program.

"I was just going into the season, hoping to play," Hurley said. "Getting able to showcase what I could do."

Quarterback Kevin Hurley went into the season with no offers, not a situation he was unfamiliar with, he wasn't widely recruited coming out of 2A Walnut, which is why he went to Northeast out of high school. He played defensive end in his first year as a Tiger, which meant 2020 was his time to shine. Then the MACCC announced JuCos would only play six games, not a big sample size for D-1 programs to get a look.

"A lot of stuff was going through my mind just like every other player if we were going to play or not but," Hurley said. "A six-game season? I wish we could have played a full nine, I think that would have helped out a bunch of other athletes and stuff."

Six games were enough, Hurley threw for ten touchdowns and rushed for two, playing a big part in the Tigers' 5-1 season.

"Just his overall reflection in the way he comes about business every day, you kind of see his poise," Head Coach Greg Davis said. "His understanding of the game and just his overall leadership on the field and how he carries himself day in and day out, it's a pleasure to coach the young man."

Then on November 20th, the University of Texas at El Paso's head coach made Hurley's dream come true.

"I think I was with my best friend, we were at the barbershop and he called and said we're going to offer you and I think my heart just kinda, just dropped," Hurley said. 

From a small school in North Mississippi to the grind of the JUCO circuit, and the Coronavirus, Hurley overcame all the odds and he sets a sparkling example for all small-town kids with big dreams.

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