Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 17, 2014

Pitcock, Shirley to play football at Campbellsville University

GLASGOW — Tyler Pitcock and Julius Shirley spent four years together on a football field at Glasgow High School. They helped the Scotties to one of the best four-year stretches in the program’s 95-year history.

Head coach Rick Wood knew exactly why Pitcock and Shirley had made such an impact on the program.

“They are as coachable as any player I’ve ever had,” Wood said Thursday after the duo announced they planned to attend Campbellsville University to play football. “That is the most important attribute of any athlete.”

“I’ve never seen either of them have a bad day. They are both totally unselfish,” Wood said. “They both changed positions in high school and they never questioned anything we asked of them.”

The coach said their willingness to sacrifice for the good of the team will serve them well going forward.

Those qualities “come from home,” Wood said.

“It’s almost like a high school environment,” Pitcock said of Campbellsville. “Everybody there knows each other. It’s almost like a family atmosphere when you are there.”

He said the school gives him the chance to continue to play football and pursue the undergraduate degree he will seek. He plans to major in chemistry and pre-pharmacy. “They have a really good program for that,” Pitcock said.

“I always wanted to play football in college and its a nice opportunity to play,” he said.

Wood said Pitcock will thrive on defense against the types of offenses the Tigers will face.

“He’s so smart, he’s like having a coach on the field,” the coach said.

Shirley’s strength in football is his versatility, Wood said.

“I think he’ll make a good college linebacker, but he can play anywhere they ask him to,” he said.

“There’s just a great family there and all of the coaching staff treated me very well,” Shirley said.

While he is excited about the chance to continue to play football, he also is focused on life after the sport.

“I’m really ready to start my career once football is over with, but at the same time, I’m really happy to be blessed to play another four years, hopefully, at college and play a sport I love,” Shirley said.

He said he plans to major in dentistry and to become a dentist.

“I plan to get my undergraduate (degree) and where the Lord takes me from there, I will go,” Shirley said.

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