Lions add fullback as training camp gets closer

by Jason Gibson

By; Alex Husting

            With training camp less than a month away, the Columbus Lions are still making additions to the roster. This week, They signed Brant Bailey from Tarleton State University. Bailey played at Tarleton State for four years and served as a graduate assistant following his time on the field.

            Bailey was a part of coach Todd Whitten’s first recruiting class back at Tarleton. He played tight end during his four years at Tarleton State and had an immediate impact during his freshman year, starting and earning honorable mention All-Lone Star Conference recognition.

He would continue to have a key role on the team as a starter throughout his career as a Texan, eventually emerging as one of the team’s leaders during his junior and senior season. Those years were some of the best in Tarleton State history as the Texans won two Lone Star Conference championships and finished both regular seasons undefeated before eventually losing in the playoffs both years.

Bailey finished his career with 35 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns. Following graduation he immediately joined the coaching staff as a graduate assistant for the 2020 season. Despite delays and fears of cancellation, Tarleton eventually played an eight game season in spring of 2021 and had their last game in early April. Now with that season done Bailey is coming to Columbus to get back on the field after a year on the sidelines and he looks to compete with training camp only a few weeks away.


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