Meishon Duckworth began dreaming of his goal when he first began playing football at the age of six.
On Wednesday, at the Eufaula High School Indoor Practice Facility, Duckworth’s determination and “hard work,” according to his coach, was rewarded as he signed a letter-of-intent to play wide receiver for the Faulkner University Eagles.
Duckworth had other options, but he said he liked the fact that he could attend college and still play football not far away – about 80 miles.
“This guy caught a lot of footballs for Eufaula High School,” Eufaula Coach Ed Rigby told those hand for the signing. “He did a great job for us as a senior. Every day, he always showed up to play. He showed up for practice every day to work and it showed in games. He wasn’t afraid to go across the middle. He kept on working toward his goal. He got it. His goal was to play college football and this is a great opportunity and a great university. He didn’t give up on his dreams. He had obstacles, but he kept stepping over them. Faulkner is a great program. They like to throw and he likes to catch.”
Ironically, a former Eufaula head coach, Shayne Wasden, is the head coach at Faulkner. The Eagles were 4-6 in his inaugural season last year. Among those on his staff is his brother, Tommy Wasden, who is the receivers coach for Faulkner.
Shayne Wasden coached four seasons at Eufaula – 2000-03 – and was 34-11 with a 2-4 record in the playoffs.
Duckworth has added some weight to his frame and is now 6-foot, 1-inch, weighing 210 pounds.
“I’ve been playing football since I was six,” Duckworth said. “I never stopped. I don’t want to stop.”
Last season, Faulkner’s schedule included two games in Kentucky and four in Florida. The Eagles play their home games at Billy D. Hilyer Stadium/John Mark Stallings Field, the latter of which was named for the late son of former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings..
Duckworth’s best game as a senior came at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl in a last-second loss to Sidney Lanier when he hauled in 122 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Poets.
He is the son of Duianna Brutley and Elmo Duckworth, and he has a sister in Admiral Moorer Middle School 8th grader Heaven Duckworth.