Five St. Mary's Ryken Football Players Signed to Play in College

Published by The Enterprise on February 9, 2018

By MICHAEL REID mreid@somdnews.com

The St. Mary's Ryken football team had its best season in school history last year and some of the players responsible for that success announced their intentions to further their football careers.

Receiver and defensive back Jalin Phillips is headed to Division II West Liberty State University (W.Va.), linebacker/kicker Camden Murphy inked with Division II West Virginia Wesleyan and lineman Quin Jenkinson is headed to Division II Bloomsburg University (Pa.) and quarterback Kristian Marks and lineman Carson Phillips committed to NAIA Ave Maria University (Fla.).

"This group of seniors has set a new standard and expectation of what it means to be a Knight," St. Mary's Ryken head football coach Aaron Brady wrote in an email. "These colleges are not just getting quality, tough football players but young men that will lead by example in the classroom, on campus, in the locker room, and on the field. I could not be happier for these five young men today."

St. Mary's Ryken High School seniors Camden Murphy (West Virginia Wesleyan University), left, Quin Jenkinson (Bloomsburg University), Kristian Marks (Ave Maria University), Jalin Phillips (West Liberty State University) and Carson Phillips (Ave Maria University) are headed to the college level to play football. In the back row are parents Heather, left, and Ken Murphy, Kelli Jenkinson, Jey and Christa Phillips, Van and Mel Marks and Colin and Lori Phillips.

The Knights, who played as an independent in 2017, finished with a record of 9-1. Brady said the eight-win turnaround was the biggest turnaround in large school football in the country.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Marks completed 124 passes for 1,668 yards and 23 touchdowns. He threw just 10 interceptions.

The 6-1, 250-pound Carson Phillips was the Knights' starting left tackle and, according to Brady, "had great energy [and is the] epitome of a team player."

Brady said the 6-2, 190-pound Jalyn Phillips "made plays for us and was a leader."

Murphy, who also played linebacker, boosted a 43-yard field goal last season.

Carson Phillips and the 6-2, 280-pound Jenkinson helped anchor an offensive line that helped gain 2,126 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.

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