JONESBORO — Former Dollarway standout Charleston Girley spent three years trying to lift the walk-on tag from his status at Arkansas State. On Sunday, coach Blake Anderson let the entire team know what Girley accomplished.
Following Monday’s practice, Anderson told the media the redshirt junior defensive back was placed on scholarship.
“Charleston’s effort and intensity really helped him a lot,” Anderson said on a video posted on KAIT-TV’s website. “And he carried that over into special teams. He’s been a big surprise.
“As a matter of fact, I stood him up in front of the entire team (Sunday) and let everybody know that — he came on as a walk on — if there was a question that he could earn a scholarship, he earned it. He’s earned it by being one of the hardest working guys on the team. He’s made an example of doing what we ask you to do, and he’s been rewarded.”
Girley played in every game last season and started three games at nickel back. He had a career-high 26 tackles, including four against Louisiana-Monroe.
Girley also played three games in 2012. He helped Dollarway reach the 4A state championship game as a sophomore in 2008.
“That was a really fun meeting for me to see him rewarded for hard work,” Anderson said.
Girley is one of two former Dollarway players on A-State’s roster, joining wideout Booker Mays III. Other Southeast Arkansas Red Wolves include offensive lineman Jhamahl Bell of Warren, tight end Darion Griswold of Dumas, linebacker Quanterio Heath and defensive back Marquis Walker of Rison, and defensive lineman Chris Hooks of Stuttgart.