Landon Stratton played his first football game for the Murray State Racers on Thursday, Sept. 3 as a punter. He had four punts for the night against Kentucky Wesleyan, his longest was 50 yards with the other three inside the 20 yard line, none of which were returned. The Racers won 52-12.
Stratton made the team last year as a walk-on and was quickly designated a redshirt freshman. The term redshirt freshman indicates an academic sophomore (second-year student) who is in his first season of athletic eligibility. A redshirt freshman is distinguished from a true freshman (first-year student) as one who has practiced with the team for the prior season.
Landon is a 2014 graduate of Logan County High School. He is the son of Russllville Mayor Mark and Connie Stratton. He is studying at Murray State University to enter into the environmental field.
“He has always been athletic,” said his dad. “He has always loved sports and done very well in whatever he decided to play. We have been very supportive in his decisions, and are very blessed to have a son who has succeeded in all he does. God has truly blessed him and our family.”
Landon’s sport of choice through most of his undergraduate career was soccer. He was identified early in the game as a standout, being able to corner kick a ball into the goal with little effort. Landon can practically kick a ball wherever he aims, which is a definite asset in his collegiate future.
“We really thought soccer would be the sport he would choose to continue to play,” said his dad. “I never would have imagined he would be playing football.”
Landon was brought onto the football team at Logan County in his senior year. The coaches had heard about his kicking abilities, and after he tried out, it was evident he had a talent for football as well.
“We cannot thank coaches Dane Gregory and Mike Crawford enough for giving Landon a chance to play for the Cougars,” said Mark. “What they taught him stuck with him, and now he is able to use that to further his goals.”
Mark said his son has worked very hard to get where he is. He says he works towards being the best in what he sets his mind to. He lifts weights and practices his kicking even when coming home for breaks.
“He is excited to say the least,” his dad said of his son playing for the Racers. “And we as a family are excited to follow where he goes from here. We all enjoy watching him play. Of course I am exited because I’m his dad,” laughed Mark. “He’s really a great kid, sports aside. His mother and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Murray’s next football game is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12 at Northern Illinois.
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