Making his dreams come true

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Andalusia Bulldogs added another player from the 2017 senior class that will continue playing football at college as Antonio Gurley announced his decision to join the Faulkner University Eagles.

“It’s a very humbling experience,” Gurley said. “It really feels great because this is something that I have wanted for a long time.”

Gurley was a monster playing at the linebacker position for the Bulldogs.

The senior linebacker led the Bulldogs to the state semi-finals, and spent a significant amount of disrupting plays in the backfield.

Of his 122 tackles, 16 came behind the line of scrimmage, including six sacks. Gurley led the Bulldogs in all three of those categories.

Gurley’s best games came against Thomasville and Straughn, where he recorded 14 total tackles in each.

Against, W.S. Neal, the hard-hitting linebacker racked up 13 tackles and a sack.

The Bulldogs also used the senior to carry the ball in short-yardage situation.

It proved to be something he was very reliable at doing. In just 17 carries, Gurley rushed for 89 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns. Gurley’s touchdown total also led the Bulldogs.

Gurley was also named as a ASWA Class 4A second-team All-State linebacker following his senior season.

“I have really wanted this for a long time and I have been driven by that since I was little,” Gurley said. “I also have two little brothers and other kids in the community that look up to me. They are the ones that drive me to succeed. They look up to and I don’t want them to let them down.”

Gurley said that his time at Andalusia High School is been special to him.

“Playing at Andalusia really taught me a lot,” Gurley said. “Coach (Tyler) Dent has been around here the longest with us, and he has really pushed me and told me I had the talent to play at the next level. His tough love always motivated me to be better. I also want to thank all of my teachers and everyone at Andalusia that has helped get here, and I want to thank God for the opportunity.”

Gurley joins three other senior Bulldogs that have committed to playing football in college (Allan George- undecided, Tommy Kanaley- West Florida and Jamal Hourel- Faulkner).