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Duncan, Shropshire to continue playing football in college

Two Daniel Boone High School seniors signed on the dotted line last week, committing to playing football at the college level starting this fall.
“It feels like Christmas for me,” said Matt Duncan, after signing his letter of intent to play football at the University of Charleston. “They gave me the best deal and I felt it was the right school for me.”
According to Duncan, coaches for the college have said he will serve as an inside linebacker, but could be moved to the outside because of his speed.
Off the field, Duncan plans to study sports medicine. At Boone, Duncan has earned a 3.5 grade point average.
Duncan is the son of Donna and Michael Duncan and the grandson of Norman Duncan. During his time playing for Boone, Duncan earned the title of Northeast Tennessee defensive player of the year and Big Eight Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the First Team All Conference.
Shropshire said he chose Carson Newman College because of the program’s “winning tradition.” He said he also liked the school’s facilities and the fact that it was “close to home.” Shropshire will be serving as an outside linebacker and defensive end for Carson Newman.
“I’m going to have to work for (playing time),” Shropshire said, pointing out how his experiences at Boone have prepared him to do so. “I’ve learned here to work hard and always play with my heart.”
Shropshire is the son of Larry and Alisa Shropshire. His grandparents are Hobe and Sue William and Jim and Bobby Guthrie.
On the field at Boone, Shropshire earned a place in the Tri-Cities Elite 11, was named a First Team All Conference linebacker as well as Team MVP.
Academically, Shropshire said he’s not sure exactly what he plans to do, but knows it will be in the medical field. While at Boone, Shropshire has earned a 3.9 grade point average.
Jeremy Jenkins, Boone football’s head coach, called it a “big day” for Boone, while he and Athletic Director Danny Good emphasized what “great young men” the colleges would be getting in Duncan and Shropshire.
“They’re prime examples of what a student-athlete should be,” Good said. “Not only are they great athletes, they are great young men.”