There is no better time than the present to anoint another Independence Bank Player of the Week. Independence Bank is proud to sponsor a weekly article highlighting players in the areas where Independence Bank flourishes who embody the same type ofrevolutionary service to their respective football teams which has made Independence Bank unique and special in the banking industry. Independence Bank has a goal of achieving everyday excellence, and this week we are focusing on a player whose performance both has and continues to exceed both the Owensboro Senior High and Owensboro community’s expectations.
Today, we are focusing on Class of 2021, LB, Austin Gough from Owensboro Senior High School. Jayson M. Fallin’s Red Devils are located right down the road from 3 Independence Bank branches on 2425 Frederica Street, 2465 W. Parrish Avenue, and 3228 KY-54, respectively.
One of the most prestigious showcases anywhere on the eastern sea-board, the Appalachia Prep Combine, was held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. For our money, Austin Gough should have been awarded the top-linebacker award for what was an amazing performance yesterday.
Now, Gough, who was measured at 6’1″ and weighed in at 218 pounds, was timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. However, there was a really strong headwind into which the players were having to run with gusts ranging from 20-25 M.P.H. To tell you how strong it was, one of the Class of 2020’s top-five overall national recruits, as rated by every known service existing, ran a 4.6-second 40 into the wind.
The prospect we are referencing, whose name is omitted because we don’t wish to hurt his national profile, plays a skill position noted for being the fastest position on a football team. Let KPGFootball promise you the kid isn’t one of the top-5 overall recruits in America for being what would be slow for his position.
Another reason we know Gough’s forty time was slowed (because of the incredibly strong head-wind) was his standing broad jump was measured at 9’1″ (109 inches) and his short-shuttle was 4.45-seconds. Both of those numbers exhibit enough explosion, change of direction speed, and athleticism to make his 4.8-forty seem “off” to people who know football. For instance, that is the same shuttle and broad jump registered for a QB who ran a 4.55-second 40 at the TSU (Tennessee State University) prospect camp this time last year.
Gough repped the high-school bench-press weight of 185-pounds, 22 times which was also an elite performance among the linebackers. Austin dominated both the one on one’s and the drills for what was an awesome performance and one for which his being awarded the MVP amongst the LBers would have seemed both well-deserved and warranted had the Combine’s coaches gone in that direction.
Congratulations to Austin Gough for his Revolutionary Play which has earned this week’s recognition from the fastest growing bank in the Commonwealth of Kentucky…your friends at Independence Bank.
This is F.W. Long reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!