Cabot's Zach Calhoun signed to play football with the University of Arkansas at Monticello during a ceremony last week at Cabot High School.
At first glance, “offensive lineman” probably isn’t the first thing to comes to mind when Cabot senior Zach Calhoun walks into a room.
But after spending a little bit of time around Calhoun and his coaches, it doesn’t take long to realize the 5-foot, 11-inch 180-pound center has what it takes.
Calhoun signed his National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Arkansas at Monticello and play football for the college, primarily at deep snapper.
“I tell you, that kid, when he was a sophomore you wondered how he was going to be able to play at his size,” said Cabot head football coach Mike Malham. “But he was dedicated and has worked so hard in the weight room. He worked himself into the starter spot and you couldn’t get him back out. He’s done a great job for us these last two years.”
While not having the prototype size of a lineman, Calhoun has never let that concern him, despite being outweighed by 100 pounds at times by the defensive player in front of him.
“I’ve never really even thought about my size,” said Calhoun. “I’ve always just tried to work hard and do my best. I really kind of like the challenge facing those bigger guys.”
While not recruited to regularly take on 300 pounders in the Boll Weevil offense, Calhoun has shown he is capable holding his on with some of the best in the state.
All four of North Little Rock’s defensive linemen were recruited and signed with schools in the Great American Conference, where Monticello also plays. Three signed with conference champ Henderson State University.
“In our scheme you need a quick and really tough kid at center,” Malham said. “Zach probably had his best game of the year against those great big guys from North Little Rock. If everybody on our team worked like him it would make things a lot easier as a coach.”
Calhoun was also interested in playing for Dordt College, a Christian based school in Iowa, and also he is serious about his academics by seriously considering Hendrix College.
A visit to Monticello and the chance to be a part of their football team was enough to convince Calhoun to become a Boll Weevil.
“It is kind of a country setting and is like home, so I like that,” Calhoun said. “I like to hunt and fish, so the country setting is perfect. The guys on the football team seem really close to their families and I liked that feeling.”
Calhoun’s love of sports has him looking at specializing in special education and becoming a coach after he graduates.