For the first time in about 50 years, a football athlete from Star City has received an offer from the University of Arkansas.
Austin Capps, a defensive tackle for the Bulldogs, received a scholarship offer from Arkansas after his showing at the three-day camp in Fayetteville.
“It is really big for the community,” newly appointed head coach Jett Furneaux said. “It is already spreading around town, just as it happened this morning.”
Capps, 6-foot-4, 296 pounds, ran a 5.1-second 40-yard dash at the camp after running a 5.0 at the LSU football camp.
“I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to Austin, but he texted me today, so I know he is real excited,” Furneaux said. “For the program itself, it is huge. Hopefully it will get some more publicity for some of our other kids.”
Capps played varsity football and baseball last season at Star City. He plays both ways in football, though he concentrated on defense at the Arkansas camp and first base in baseball.
“He’s unlike any other I’ve been around,” Furneaux said. “He is a lean 296 with a 31-inch vertical. He is not your typical 300-pound guy.
“He can move, he is athletic, he is a really special kid.”
Furneaux said he looks forward to talking to Capps once he returns home.
“To achieve it at such a young age, it is really impressive,” Furneaux said.
Dollarway senior Joshua Liddell also received some attention during the Arkansas camp.
“He did very well,” Dollarway head coach Cortez Lee said. “He played at multiple positions including running back, free safety and corner.
“They were impressed with his versality.”
But that is nothing new for Liddell.
As a junior, Liddell had four interceptions last year, 12 touchdowns at running back and about 1,394 yards rushing.
“It is nothing we haven’t seen before at Dollarway,” Lee said. “We are used to it.”
Liddell currently holds offers from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Louisiana-Monroe and Memphis.
“It means a lot,” Liddell said of the attention. “I work hard every day and it feels good to have those different options.”
He’s said he’s also drawing interest from Arkansas, Arkansas State, and Louisiana Tech.
“I did pretty good and I learned a lot things,” Liddell said.
Liddell is 6 feet, 195 pounds and ran a 4.56 in the 40-yard dash at the camp. He has a personal best of 4.45 in the 40.
“The more camps he goes to, he’ll get even more exposure,” Lee said. “And he’ll get even more offers.”
Liddell said his goals for this season is to win the conference and eventually a state championship.
“I just expect him to be consistent and continue his big play ability,” Lee said.