Ooltewah OT David Nobles Signs With NAIA's Lindsey Wilson

Blue Raiders Planning To Switch Owls' Star To Defensive End

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - by Larry Fleming
Ooltewah senior football standout David Nobles gets a hug from his mother, Kathe, Wednesday during a signing party at the school. Nobles signed a scholarship with NAIA member Lindsey Wilson.
Ooltewah senior football standout David Nobles gets a hug from his mother, Kathe, Wednesday during a signing party at the school. Nobles signed a scholarship with NAIA member Lindsey Wilson.
- photo by Larry Fleming

Offensive tackle David Nobles doesn’t cave to pressure on or off the football field.

Nobles, a 6-foot-2-inch, 235-pound left tackle, parlayed his exceptional skill into a scholarship at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. He officially signed NAIA grant-in-aid papers at the school Wednesday afternoon during a ceremony in the Little Theater.

“They came down for spring practice and stuck with me ever since,” Nobles said. “They really wanted me to come up there and when I visited up there I just felt it’s where I needed to be. I’m looking forward to being a part of that program.”

Lindsey Wilson is a four-year school founded in 1903 that became a four-year school in 1986. The Blue Raiders compete in the Mid-South Conference, a league Ooltewah head coach Mac Bryan coached in for four years while at Pikeville.

The Blue Raiders dropped football after the 1935 season, but after a 75-year hiatus restarted the program in 2010. Since then they have posted records of 5-6, 7-3, 3-8 and 8-3 – the school’s first eight-win season – in 2013. Lindsey Wilson was ranked 19th nationally in the NAIA coaches’ Top 25 poll this past season, scored a school-record 426 points and averaged 38.7 points per game, another school single-season mark.

“I know it’s a fairly new program, but all they’ve done is get better every year,” Nobles said, “and I’m looking forward to helping them get to where they need to be.”

After making his mark as an offensive tackle, Nobles said he fully expects to play defensive end with the Blue Raiders, who are coached by Chris Oliver.

And he takes on that duty having previous experience at the position.

“I played defensive end all my life until my sophomore year in high school,” Nobles said. “I played out of position a lot in high school and I’ll be playing defense in college. I take pride in what I do. If they put me on defense, I’ll do whatever needs to be done to help the team.”

Lindsey Wilson coaches saw Nobles play defense in the Tennessee East-West All-Star game in Cookeville, Tenn., in December and also got film of that game to study further. He did play some defense this past season as a fill-in for players on the Owls’ injured list.

“He did play some over there,” Bryan said. “Not a lot because I simply had to have him on offense. I can certainly see him coming off the edge and rushing the passer in that league up there.”

Nobles said Lindsey Wilson coaches talked to him about playing defense from the time they began recruiting him.

“They had several different positions in mind for me,” he said. “They talked about offensive line, maybe some tight end, but they always had defensive end in the conversation.”

Bryan, who left Austin Peay as an offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator to take the Ooltewah job prior to the 2013 season after Shannon Williams left for a coaching position in Florida, hates to part ways with Nobles.

Nobles was rock solid on the Owls’ offensive line and the primary protector for quarterback Brody Binder, who has signed a baseball scholarship to Troy University.

And more often than not the Owls’ rushing attack was directed to Nobles’ side as well.

“We could always go left behind David anytime we wanted to,” Bryan said. “His was very physically dominating over there. He’s only about 230 pounds but is so explosive, fast, strong and runs so well. In terms of pass protection, we never even had pressure on his side. He’s a tremendous pass protector.

“We’re going to miss him a lot and it will be hard to replace what he did for us.”

Nobles arrived at Ooltewah High as a skinny 155-pounder, but leaves as a 235-pound frame, and he credits much of that to extensive work in the weight room.

“You can’t keep me out of there,” he said.

Nobles said Williams and Bryan played key roles in him receiving the Lindsey Wilson scholarship and thanked them both.

“Coach Williams helped me out and coach Bryan came in and polished me up,” he said. “Everybody at Ooltewah and my family and friends pushed me to where I am today.”

Nobles said he also considered Tusculum College, Kentucky Christian and East Tennessee State.

Division II schools can provide 36 scholarships while the limit is 25 of 26 for NAIA schools, Bryan said.

“The two levels are not that far apart,” he said. “David has a very nice package.”

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)

 

 


PHOTOS: Chattanooga Central Blanks Bradley Central, 6-0

CCS Relays Team Sets Records, Prepares For State

The CCS girls 4 x 400 relay team won the Chattanooga Little Caesars Individual Championships on Friday at Red Bank. Their 4:03:87 time was 15 seconds better than second place. The time was not only a personal best and school record for the team but the top Class A/AA time in the state going into the post-season. CCS also won the 4 x 200 race. CCS head coach Daniel Russell ... (click for more)

Severe Thunderstorms Cause Damage On Signal Mountain; Widespread Power Outages Reported

Severe thunderstorms that came through around  7:30 p.m.  brought trees down on Signal Mountain, and widespread power outages were reported. Two homes that had damage were at  205 Sunnybrook, with eaves and gutter damage, and  601 Dunsinane Road, with major damage to the roof line and a tree fell through the living room area. No injuries were ... (click for more)

Judge Walter Williams May Go Back On The Bench As Administrative Hearing Officer

One of the city's most colorful judges may go back on the bench. The City Council on Tuesday is set to vote on the nomination of former City Court Judge Walter Williams as administrative hearing officer - a new city position. The law license of the former judge was transferred to disability inactive status in August of 2015 after he suffered a stroke early in the year.  ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response (2)

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Readers Are Right

It is hardly a secret that since I have become intensely interested in public education in Chattanooga, I have tried to read, research and understand how our efforts have fallen horribly short in the last 15 years. We agree we have a crisis on many fronts and I hope it is equally obvious I am desperate for solutions. Much like school board member Karista Jones, I worry that we are ... (click for more)