The Next Level: Birdsong, Frye, Walker

Michael Birdsong
Football, Quarterback
Matoaca High School
Sophomore at James Madison University

Birdsong, who was highly touted in high school earned two starts as a freshman for the Dukes in 2012. Coming into 2013, he was slated to be the team’s starting quarterback and overcame an emergency appendectomy to do so. The former Warrior has led JMU to a 1-1 start, defeating Central Connecticut State and narrowly losing to Akron 35-33 last Saturday. Birdsong has completed 38 of 60 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 56 yards and two touchdowns in James Madison’s first two games of the season.

Brandon Walker
Football, Safety
L.C. Bird High School
Freshman at Norfolk State University

A member of last year’s 2012 Division Six state champions, Walker has enjoyed a great camp at Norfolk State earning a reserve role as a freshman, and will play an essential role on special teams. The former Skyhawk had a monster senior season in 2012 as he led a stout defense, tallying 92 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and picking off six passes. Walker  was also selected as a All-Dominion District first team selection, as well as the All-Central Region second team selection.
Walker recorded five tackles last Saturday against Rutgers.

Desmond Frye
Football, Safety
Thomas Dale High School
Sophomore at Virginia Tech

Frye, the younger brother of College of Charleston women’s basketball standout Alyssa Frye, has begun to develop into a special teams force for the Hokies. The sophomore has recorded four tackles in team’s first two games, including two tackles against top ranked Alabama. Frye also recorded two tackles in Tech’s 45-3 victory last Saturday over Western Carolina. The former Knight was a dangerous two way player at Dale at safety and wide receiver and is regarded by many to be one of the best defensive backs to ever play at Thomas Dale.

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