NCAA features Scots' Tanney

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

      The NCAA is the latest to be amazed by Monmouth College quarterback Alex Tanney’s trick shot video, but it’s not why you might think.

      Tanney, a business major who was coached at Lexington High School by his father, MC alumnus Don Tanney, is being featured on the NCAA’s news website, NCAA.com. The article by NCAA writer Brian Lester not only includes descriptions of Tanney’s video – and the link to the YouTube sensation – but also chronicles the record-setting signal caller’s accomplishments on the field.

      The NCAA.com feature touts the headline “Internet buzz from video doesn’t faze record-setting QB.” The article goes on to list a few of the records the Fighting Scots’ star quarterback is chasing in his final campaign. Tanney has already surpassed the record for the most career 300 passing yard games, throwing for 355 yards last weekend to give him 25 such games. He’s now just under 2,600 yards from the all-time yardage record and 24 TDs from breaking that Division III mark.

      Tanney’s off-season trick shot video has launched countless media interviews, including ESPN and an upcoming segment on the History Channel’s “Stan Lee’s Superhumans.” The national publication ToucAhdown Illustrated also jumped on the bandwagon, featuring Tanney and other QBs who have produced trick shots.

      Fans shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for a trick shot sequel, as Tanney hedges on the thought of another YouTube viral video. Instead, he’s wanting the next sensation to be Monmouth’s fourth Midwest Conference title since 2005, when his brother Mitch guided the Scots to their first league crown since 1976. If the 6-4, 220-pound preseason All-American can produce another title, it would be the third of his career. That’s a claim no other Monmouth quarterback can make – and that’s amazing.