Drawhorn Driven By Discipline
(Editors Note: This article appeared in the Opelika-Auburn News on Feb. 6, 2003, and is reprinted with permission from Sports Editor Joe McAdory).
Zedric Drawhorn isn't your ordinary high school football player.
He wakes up each morning at about the time I go to bed to participate in physical training (running, push-ups and other things most would rather not do before the sun rises). He spends much of the rest of the day attending classes, then goes to football or basketball practice.
Once that is finished, Drawhorn (6-1,200) doesn't zip to the mall like most teenagers. He attends study hall, every night.
At Lyman Ward Military Academy, he is a company commander in charge of 38 cadets. At Western Kentucky University, he is considered a diamond in the rough.
Drawhorn, a running back few outside of Camp Hill or AISA circles have ever heard of, signed a college football scholarship with WKU Wednesday.
College prospects from this small Tallapoosa County academy are rare breeds.
"I take a lot of pride in this," said Drawhorn, a Birmingham native who's attended Lyman Ward since the seventh grade. "Many people don't know about Lyman Ward, but they will when 1 go to Kentucky."
Drawhorn rushed for 877 yards last season, but was forced to run behind a line riddled with inexperience as just one other returning starter was back at the school.
"At Lyman Ward, I'm used to not having any holes to run through, so when I get a hole at Western Kentucky, I'm going to mess it up," he said with confidence.
Drawhom -- who's shortest touch down run of the season was l 21 yards -- messed up Kingwood Academy's defense, rushing nine times for 244 yards and four touchdowns.
Just because Drawhom is about to be taken from his tiny cove in Camp Hill and thrust into the world of college life, don't think he can't handle it. Drawhom said his experience at Lyman Ward has taught him unparalleled discipline and he is ready for the challenges life possesses.
"It (the school) changed my grades and made me a better athlete and person," said Drawhom, who likes to play video games and work out in his spare time. "It's kept me out of trouble and taught me a lot of discipline."
Coach Charlie Hughes said Drawhom has long been a leader for the Rangers. "As a junior (in 2001), he was the leader," he said. "Even the seniors looked up to him. He doesn't goof around in practice. He's everything a coach wants. I don't think there's a coach around that can't find a spot for him on their team."
Hughes also felt Drawhom, who plans on majoring in physical therapy and becoming a doctor, won't be homesick when he arrives at college. He's been away from home since the seventh grade.
But you've got to wonder, will he miss those 5 a.m. workouts, or will he still do them on his own and lead by example at the next level as he did in Camp Hill.
Many big-named college prospects drew national attention Wednesday, while guys like Drawhom often go unnoticed. A funny thing though, Drawhom's scholarship is just as valuable.
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