Former Holmes Community College quarterback Josh Dodd of Kosciusko signed a national letter of intent today with University of Tennessee-Martin.
Dodd was a member of two successful football programs at Holmes which finished 13-6. Holmes finished 7-3 his freshman year and was the Graphic Edge Bowl Champions and finished this season with a record of 6-3 just missing out on the MACJC playoffs and a possible bowl game. The Bulldogs led the nation in rushing with 368 yards per game.
Dodd finished his sophomore season with 405 rushing yards and 414 passing yards. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for two.
"On my official visit the coaches made me feel like I was home," Dodd said of signing with UT-Martin, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference who finished with record of 6-5 this season. "We had a very close bond talking on the phone, texting and learning about the school. They have my major (civil engineering) which is very exciting. I'm still a student athlete no matter where I go. I love UT-Martin, the campus and how the people treated me and can't wait to get back there.
"It feels good to get this out of the way," he said. "The recruiting process was stressful. You only have one school to choose from even though you want to go to all these schools. Through the process I prayed and asked God to be with me on my journey, and I made a decision and I think it's the right to decision to go to UT-Martin and be a Skyhawk."
Dodd, who played quarterback in high school and at Holmes, decided to make a switch to the defensive side of the ball and will play either free or strong safety and may see time at receiver.
"Coming from a community college you have to work extremely hard and be hungrier," he said of transitioning from a community college to a four-year school. "When you get there they are going to expect you to know what you are doing right off the bat because you have more experience. When you get there you need to have your head on swivel no matter if it's school work or on the field and listen to the coaches."
He said he enjoyed his time at Holmes. "My time here was very exciting. I got to meet new people and make new friends. Overall I had a good time. This is a good place to go. It will humble you as a student and as an athlete."