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College Round-Up for Feb. 7

FOOTBALL

A-State’s Carrethers gains NFL combine invite

JONESBORO — Former Arkansas State defensive lineman and All-Sun Belt Conference performer Ryan Carrethers was among 335 players recently invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, set for Feb. 19-24 in Indianapolis.

Carrethers completed his stellar four-year career at A-State last season, helping lead the Red Wolves to three consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships from 2011-13 and back-to-back GoDaddy Bowl victories in 2013 and 2014. The two-time First Team All-Sun Belt Conference defensive tackle completed his A-State career with 172 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

Carrethers put together one of the strongest seasons ever by a defensive player in Arkansas State history last year. He ranked third in the nation in tackles among defensive linemen with 93 to his credit, living up to his preseason hype that placed him on the Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy watch lists and CBSSports.com’s Freak’s List compiled by Dennis Dodd.

His 93 total tackles last year were the second most on the team and ranked eighth in the Sun Belt Conference. He posted double-figure stops in two games, including a career-high 16 against Louisiana-Lafayette that were the most in the nation among defensive linemen for a single game.

LACROSSE

Women’s lacrosse era begins Friday

GEORGETOWN, Texas - The Hendrix College women’s lacrosse team will take to the field for the first time in program history on Friday at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, at 7 p.m. It will be the first women’s lacrosse game for an intercollegiate varsity team in the state of the Arkansas.

The Warriors are coached by Peri West, who also started the program at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass. West won 21 games in three seasons (2010-12) while at the helm of the Mustangs.

Hendrix has 16 players from 10 different states on the roster.

“We have some great leadership and returning players from our club season as well as strong freshman talent from all over the country,” said West. “All members of the team will be valuable assets to our success this season.”

The team has already experienced success, defeating Oklahoma Baptist University 10-5 in their fall game. West says the players have shown a strong work ethic in preparation for the inaugural season.

The Pirates of Southwestern are one of four first-year programs the Warriors will face - along with St. Mary’s (Ind.) and Defiance. Rhodes College is the only other new program in the Southern Athletic Association.

The first home game will be on Feb. 22 against conference rival Berry College.

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