PEMBROKE — Scotland High School graduate and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke offensive lineman Timon McMillan flaunted a chain around his neck after the Braves defeated Elizabeth City State, 51-6, on Saturday.
“It’s an offensive line thing,” McMillan said. “Without one of the links, it’s broken.”
McMillan, a redshirt sophomore, has taken on a significant role on the line early this season for UNCP. But he isn’t the only Scotland graduate suiting up for the Braves.
Six other former Scots — redshirt junior defensive lineman Domenique Davis, freshman receiver Trey Dixon, junior receiver Tre’von Gibson, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Octavis McLaurin, redshirt junior defensive lineman Avery Simmons and redshirt junior running back Quadrin Williams — have spots on UNCP’s roster this year.
Williams, who is often praised by head coach Shane Richardson for his energetic leadership style, was named one of the team’s four captains prior to this season.
He was given the honor for the second straight year.
“It’s an awesome opportunity,” Williams said. “I really want to thank my teammates for picking me. It’s an honor and a privilege to be picked two times in two years. I’m happy to be honoring my team and my teammates.”
Williams, a Laurinburg native, earned all-conference honors in both of his final two years with the Fighting Scots. He rushed for 1,293 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior while sharing snaps with freshman Zamir White.
Williams said he tries to keep up with the Scots as much as possible. He also keeps up with former teammates like White, a freshman at the University of Georgia who is out for the season with a torn ACL.
“He’s going to be good,” Williams said. “It’s a minor setback for a major comeback. He’s going to be good, I know it for sure.”
McMillan said he also keeps an eye on the Scots.
“I hate all the injuries they’ve had,” McMillan said. “I hope they still have a good, successful year.”
Both athletes now play on a team that finished 2-8 last season after finishing 10-2 and making an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2016.
“We just try to stay together, keep the family mentality,” Williams said. “Keep everybody on the same path and the same train. Keeping each other together, it just makes it easier for us to accomplish goals.”
The Braves are 1-1 this season. Their late comeback effort fell short in a season-opening, 23-20 loss at Winston Salem State.
Saturday’s win against ECSU helped the Braves get back on track.
“We’re a young team,” McMillan said. “We’ve got a true freshman starting quarterback (Josh Jones). Offensive line, we’re going on our second year starting. We’re having a successful year so far. We’re hoping we can continue this journey as the season goes on.”
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