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Josh McIntyre Signs to play at Campbellsville University!

Posted Thursday, March 27, 2008 by staff
McIntyre works through hard-knock season to salvage football future with Campbellsville

David Campbell
Courier Sportswriter

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Sitting in the hospital with his left hand wrapped in a cast, Josh McIntyre was as down as one could get. Just three games into his senior season, Carroll County's outstanding lineman was sure his career was over.

Six months later, McIntyre can smile at the memory. But at the time, it seemed like the end of the world.

"I was pretty broken up," said McIntyre. "I thought it was over."

McIntyre broke his hand against Spencer County and, despite the pain, he remained in the game. Afterwards, his parents took him to a hospital where he received the bad news.

McIntyre's high school coach, Mike Weedman, remembers the day vividly and even now, shudders at the thought.

"'When it rains, it pours,'" Weedman says he remembers thinking at the time. "We tried to tell him that it didn't mean his career was over. He still had a chance to play at the next level.

As it turned out, not only was his season not over, but his career was ready to take off. He returned to the field with three games left in the season, helped Carroll County to a big win over Dayton and a near-win over Christian Academy in the playoffs. On Friday, he capped off the year when he signed a scholarship to play football at NAIA Campbellsville University in the fall.

It was a 180-degree turnaround that left many shaking their heads and most with a smile.

"It's just wonderful. It's just unreal. I can't believe it," said McIntyre, surrounded by friends, family and teammates at the signing. "(Campbellsville) just felt like home and the football program is on the rise. They have a new coach and they have a plan for me. I'm excited."

Weedman, who coached McIntyre for three seasons as an assistant before taking over the head job last season, believes his lineman will have a terrific college career.

"The one thing people don't realize is, is that when he broke his hand, he played through it," Weedman said. "And he would have kept playing through it if we didn't make him sit. But once he came back, we just took off. He was our anchor."

McIntyre played both offensive and defensive lines. At this time he doesn't know which he will play at Campbellsville, but Weedman has a feeling on which way it will go.

"My gut tells me he will be on the defensive line," Weedman said. "He is very strong, quick and athletic. Campbellsville is getting a great player. Perry Thomas is the coach and Josh is a Perry Thomas kind of player. He's a 'yes, sir' and 'no, sir' kind of kid, very smart and does everything you ask him to do. He will be a fine player."

Not only is he a good player on the field, he's also an outstanding player off of it. McIntyre plans on majoring in chemical engineering with an eye toward a business degree.

McIntyre is the second Carroll County football player to sign a college scholarship in the past two months. Running back Keith Welch signed with Morehead State, a NCAA Championship Subdivision school (formally Division I-AA). And in the coming weeks, another Panther, running back Daniel Rose, is expected to sign a college scholarship.

Despite just a 2-9 record last year, having three college signees on the same team shows that Carroll County is headed in the right direction.

"It brings a level of excitement to the program," Weedman said. "It's good for the kids to see that hard work can pay off and football can enrich your life."

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