Lee County's Flood to play at Methodist

Mar. 17, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Lee County's Kyle Flood is a small linebacker even by Friday night and Tri-Nine standards. He's also an All-Conference and All-Region linebacker.

Flood, who's been a two-year starter for the Yellow Jackets, has earned the opportunity to be a small linebacker on Saturdays come next fall as he's committed to attend and play football at Methodist University.

"Ever since I was a little kid my goal and dream was to play college football," Flood said.

As an outside linebacker this past season, as Lee County went 9-4, finished second in the Tri-Nine and reached the second round of the NCHSAA 4A State Playoffs, Flood keyed the Jacket defense in all sorts of ways. He covered receivers, stopped the run, defended option plays and forced turnovers on a Jacket defense which thrived most of the season on getting important turnovers.

After the postseason honors for football season, Flood completed a three-year varsity wrestling career with more honors, most notably being First Team All-Tri-Nine Conference at 132 pounds.

For the record, Flood's listed at 5-foot-7, 140 pounds during football season.

"Being small you have to go above and beyond to prove you belong on the field," he said.

Flood is an Honor Roll member and an academic all-conference member for football and wrestling. He's planning on studying nursing or sports medicine/athletic training at Methodist.

The Monarchs went 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the USA South Conference last season. Dave Eavenson, a Methodist alum who's been on the Monarch coaching staff for a total of 16 years in his career, is entering his third season as Methodist's head coach.