MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Former South Alabama quarterback Ross Metheny has changed positions…from the field to the sidelines.
The 23-year-old West Virginian is getting his second masters degree – this time around in health education. While getting his degree, he is helping coach the players he shared time with on the field not so long ago.
“My thought process was: go down there, play some football, and get out of there. When my career ended, that was completely the opposite,” said Metheny.
How quickly that changed.
“This community, embraced me and I became more attached to this community and this school than I thought I was going to. For the opportunity to come back and be a GA and be part of the coaching staff, keeps me involved with this community which I think is awesome,” he said.
FOX10 New caught up with Metheny a week before the official start to the fall camps, as he was reviewing film.
I’m going to be mainly working with the tight ends. Helping Wes Saxston and our other tight ends in passing game a lot. But also, I’ll be able to help communicate with the quarterbacks a lot and the tight ends, both. Give some input and give some experience coaching that way. I think that’ll be good for not only for me, but our offense as a whole. I know, in camp, that will propel us into the season. I think there is a lot to look forward to. There is a lot of excitement for this season. a lot to look forward to. We are all just gearing up to get better. We are focused on our selves the first couple weeks of camp then turn our focus to Kent State and that’s important to get off on the right foot there,” he said.
His position at quarterback, will now be held by Brandon Bridge.
“Brandon…he is a special athlete. He really is. I think it was good that he was able to get some experience last year and him and I kind of split some time. I think that’s going to benefit him this year than anything else. I know he’s really come into his own as a leader on the team over the summer. You can just tell he is getting more comfortable about decision making, making the right play and that kind of thing. I think I have a good relationship with these guys,” he said.
As for his new role with the team…
“They respect me, I respect them. They realize the role that I am in now. What I am looking forward to most now is I’ll be a co-worker with the coaches instead of being coached by them. I think that’ll be a neat dynamic…to be able to help this football program in a different capacity and use what I know in the past about this community, about how the people care about South Alabama football, and the leadership I was able to posses while playing – be able to transfer it to the coaching side – I think it’ll be good for us,” said Metheny.
The Jags open the 2014 season on the road at Kent State on September 6.