By Seth Kinker, email@example.com
On Nov. 25 Dexter senior wide receiver Andy Durand participated in the second annual Legacy senior all Star Game in Brighton, MI.
The game was a chance for top senior football players in the state of Michigan to have one last opportunity to showcase their talents and be recognized for their hard work during the regular season. Many players had hopes of continuing with football past high school.
Over 30 college coaches were in attendance to watch Team Legacy and Team Legends battle it out. The format was a bit different with no field goals or punting, giving players more time to show their talents as players were rotated in and out throughout the game.
The teams were coached by former collegiate players Mike Martin (Michigan) and Greg Jones (Michigan State), who only had three practices with their respective teams before the event on Nov. 25, which was televised this year on Fox Sports Detroit.
Nominations opened in early Fall and over 450 student-athletes were nominated by parents, players, and coaches. A committee at the Legacy Center watched highlight film of all the nominees and took into account the players grades in the classroom too.
Durand found out he was nominated a couple of weeks after the Dreadnaughts playoff loss to South Lyon in a pre-district matchup, the first trip to the playoffs ever for the Dexter program.
“I was really excited because I knew this year it was going to be on TV and it was a lot of good competition to help me get some exposure,” said Durand on his nomination. “I felt like my hard work paid off…and someone was finally recognizing.”
Durand has always dreamed of playing college football at any level, anywhere. With the season over Durand now will focus on putting together his tape and sending it to colleges to see if there is any interested.
His number one choice for school as of right now is Saginaw Valley State, with Mount Union right behind. Durand told The Sun Times he’s not one hundred percent sure on what he wants to major in but he’s looking at Homeland Security, business, or criminal justice.
In addition to being a part of the first team ever to reach the playoffs for Dexter, Durand was a part of this year’s senior class that helped earn the first win for the Dexter program since September of 2013. He had 41 catches for 598 yards on the year with five receiving touchdowns. He also added two kickoff returns for touchdowns on special teams.
“Amazing,” said Durand reflecting on the year. “Our hard work finally paid off. Our community was behind us the whole time and it felt great to provide them with something to cheer for.”