Former Stratford QB Park apparently leaving Georgia

Former Stratford quarterback Jacob Park. File Photo

According to numerous Internet reports, former Stratford High quarterback Jacob Park is transferring out of the University of Georgia football program.

Park, the 2013 South Carolina Mr. Football, was a redshirt freshman at Georgia and appeared to be in the mix for the starting quarterback job coming out of spring practice in April.

However, the transfer of former Virginia starting quarterback Greyson Lambert to Georgia last week seemed to open the door for one or more current quarterbacks to leave the program.

Attempts to reach Park were unsuccessful, but a source close to the Stratford program indicated that Park would indeed be seeking another school for the coming year. One early school apparently interested is Marshall University, the source said.

Park threw for 3,665 yards and 33 touchdowns in his senior season at Stratford, leading the Knights to a 12-3 record and a spot in the Division II-AAAA state title game. Park was a top 200 prospect nationally and played in the Shrine Bowl all-star game. He was a four-year starter at Stratford and finished with more than 8,000 career passing yards.

The Eastern College Athletic Conference announced its Division I Baseball All-Stars on Tuesday, and highlighting the list for College of Charleston were ECAC Pitcher of the Year Taylor Clarke and ECAC Co-Coach of the Year Monte Lee.

Clarke, also the CAA Pitcher of the Year and a Louisville Slugger All-American, was the workhorse for a Charleston pitching staff that led the CAA in almost every statistical pitching category this season. En route to recording a 13-1 record, the junior right-hander compiled a 1.73 earned run average in 114.1 innings. He also posted 143 strikeouts in his 16 starts to go against just 14 walks. Clarke’s ERA mark, innings pitched and win totals all led the CAA this season while his strikeout number currently ranks third in the entire country.

Clarke went at least six innings 14 times this season and tallied double-digit strikeouts in six of those contests, including a career-high and program-record 18 punch-outs against Radford. Another notable performance from Clarke came against Elon University in the CAA Tournament when he struck out 10 over 8.2 scoreless innings to lead the Cougars to an opening-round victory.

Lee piloted a Charleston team that went 45-15 this season and won the CAA regular-season title. The CAA Coach of the Year led the Cougars to a 21-3 record in the CAA this season and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Tallahassee Regional. The Cougars notched two wins over Auburn at the Tallahassee Regional before falling to top-seeded Florida State in the regional title game.

Charleston ranked eighth in the country with a team batting average of .309 prior to the NCAA Tournament.

In recognition of the team success, Charleston secured two Louisville Slugger All-America selections plus two Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America nods, and the Cougars swept the CAA Pitcher, Player, Defensive Player, and Coach of the Year categories. Over his seven-year career at the helm of the Cougars, Lee has totaled a 276-145 (.656) overall record and has averaged 39.4 wins per season since 2009.

Lee shared ECAC Co-Coach of the Year honors with Brett Boretti, whose Columbia squad also enjoyed a highly successful 2015 campaign, capped off by tallying an Ivy League-record three wins in the NCAA Regionals.

Jeff Boehm of the University of Illinois at Chicago was named the ECAC Player of the year, while University of Rhode Island’s Tyler Wilson was named the ECAC Freshman of the Year.

In addition to the major yearly honors, two ECAC All-Star Teams were announced, and joining Clarke on the first team were second baseman Blake Butler and third baseman Carl Wise. Senior pitcher Brandon Glazer was named to the second team.