Last time most Mineola fans saw Jeremiah Crawford on the gridiron was inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington as he helped lead the Mineola Yellowjackets to the 3A State Championship in 2016.
In April, East Texas Matters (KETK NBC) reported that Crawford is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Tyler Junior College Apaches this coming fall.
Crawford spent his freshman year at TJC playing different positions, including receiver and running back. However this fall TJC Head Coach Danny Palmer will hand his offense to Crawford with hopes of winning another championship jus t as Crawford did for the Jackets in 2016.
According to KETK, Palmer said the dual-threat ability of Crawford to run as well as pass had been a pleasant surprise during spring practices. TJC finished last season just 5-4 overall and hope to get an offensive spark with Crawford behind center this season.
Palmer’s spread style offense is very similar to the one Crawford orchestrated in Mineola when Crawford burst on to the national scene during the state championship game. Crawford showed off his speed and power during the state championship as he ran for 276 yards and four touchdowns when Mineola topped Yoakum 35-14.
Crawford and TJC’s first game will be Saturday Aug. 25 when the Apaches host Kilgore College at Rose Stadium with kick off is set for 7 p.m.