Nick Lennox hopes to sack England
Friday, June 6, 2014 10:44 am
Former CU, Watertown football standout
Never one to let grass grow under his feet, former Watertown High all-state football player Nick Lennox will embark on a once in a lifetime journey this fall, playing American-style football in England.
A 2014 graduate of Cumberland University where he was a Dean's List student and an All Mid-South Conference defensve end for the Bulldogs, Lennox is enrolling in the Masters' program at Durham University -- the third oldest institute of higher learning in Great Britan.
"This really came about kinda suddenly," Lennox said earlier this week.
A criminal justice major at CU and both an NAIA and MSC Scholar-Athlete, he was contemplating joining the Peace Corps in order to stretch his horizons prior to settling into a law enforcement career.
"I was looking online and came across American football in England," Lennox said.
"It took just a couple of emails for someone to get in touch with me from Durham about their program. I'll be one of seven or eight graduate assistants who will be coaching the team, setting up playbooks and schemes -- the whole deal -- in addition to actually playing."
Lennox will be working toward a Masters degree in International Affairs and Politics.
"It’s a little different than a Masters in the United States, because that it only takes one year, but I have to write a dissertation like a doctrate degree," Lennox said.
In 2013 Lennox finished the season with 9.5 sacks and was second on the team with 62 total tackles and led CU with 14 tackles for loss. He added three forced fumbles and nine quarterback hurries in 11 contests.
A two-year starter for the Bulldogs after transferring from Carson Newman, Lennox was a key player on a Cumberland program that went 15-7 in 2012 and 2013.
"I don't want to get to be in my 30's and look back with regrets," he said. "Durham allows a month off at Christmas and a month off at Easter, so I'll be able to travel, see Scotland and Ireland -- places I've always dreams of visiting."