With help from Cundall, Eagles go 8-2

by marlys good

Three years ago, we knew exactly where Clay Cundall was. He was entrenched at Greybull High School, tearing up opponents as the quarterback for the Greybull Buff football team. Clay was a three-year all-conference selection, twice named to the all-state team, and was recognized as a Wyoming “Super 25” player two times.

He exchanged the GHS gridiron for the gridiron at Chadron (Neb.) State. Redshirted as a freshman, Clay, who now tips the scales at 220 pounds, finished his second season as an active member of the Chadron State Eagles as an outside linebacker. During the 2013 season, Clay played in 11 games, started in two of those and had 21 tackles to his credit. He also was credited with breaking up two passes.

Playing at the college level is a whole new ballgame, Clay shares.

“The game is much faster; players are bigger and more athletic and everyone is a hard hitter. It is very competitive, even on a day-to-day basis. Schemes are complex and much work is required on your own time if you want to improve. Everyone is always making himself better and battling for playing time,” he explains. “Every day requires a lot of hard work. Days are filled with practice, film study, weight training, and of course, classes and school work. All the hard work makes playing on Saturdays very rewarding.”

This year the Eagles finished the season 8-2, missing out on a playoff spot. “As a team we did many good things, but we have much to improve on. Training begins immediately after the winter break and spring ball begins in March. It is during the off-season that we make many of our improvements, on a personal level and as a team. I feel we have a bright outlook for next season as many of us who gained a lot of game experience will be returning.”

Clay intends to enjoy those final two years and earn his college diploma. After that, “I am going to teach high school English and hopefully coach football and track.”

Clay is the son of John and Kris Cundall of Rock Springs.