November 13, 2007

Preyear closes season on strong note

Alabama running back commitment Jermaine Preyear didn't enjoy a perfect senior season, battling injuries and suffering through close losses that kept his Davidson squad out of the playoffs, but the powerful athlete still hit the 1,000-yard mark in the final game of his high school career.

Preyear will now turn his focus to ensuring his path to the Capstone will be smooth sailing.

"A lot of people don't know this, but Jermaine had shoulder problems all year and never was 100 percent," said Davidson coach Fred Riley, whose squad finished 6-4, but narrowly missed the playoffs after losing three region games by a combined 14 points. "He just gutted it out and played like a warrior. He is going to have some clean-up work done to it very soon and start rehabbing.

"Physically, he will be fine by this summer. The classroom is where we have to make sure he gets his work done."

Preyear is still working to achieve the GPA that he will need per NCAA requirements to enroll at Alabama next fall.

"Jermaine is going to be a May qualifier. It will come down to a few core classes he will have to successfully finish his last semester," said Riley. "He knows what he has to do, and he is working hard to get there. We are pretty confident he will make it. His ACT score is fine."

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