For the past four years, Dallas Grooms has played a big role for the Community Viking football squad on both offense and defense as a quarterback and corner. After graduating this past season, …
For the past four years, Dallas Grooms has played a big role for the Community Viking football squad on both offense and defense as a quarterback and corner. After graduating this past season, Grooms will be continuing his football career with the University of the South Sewanee College Tigers.
Location and playing under first-year coach Andy McCollum, who was a former Middle Tennessee State head coach and Georgia Tech defensive coach, were big factors when Grooms was asked about his choice of Sewanee.
“Just being close to home and it’s a good fit with brand new head coach Andy McCollum,” Grooms said. “He’s turning things around.”
“I just love everything going on down there,” Grooms added.
Grooms, after being selected as a 2022 first team Region 4-3A athlete, which means he was versatile and could play several positions, is ready to fit in wherever needed.
“I’ll start off at quarterback, but if he needs me somewhere else, I’m ready to change,” Grooms said.
Another person with a vested interest in Dallas’ choice of Sewanee was Viking head coach and father of Dallas, Chris Grooms.
“He’s been a tremendous asset as far as his character and being a leader on and off the field,” Coach Grooms said.
“It’s going to be hard to replace him.”
“He’s been quarterbacking for four years so the whole offense ran through him,” Coach Grooms added.
Coach Grooms helped Dallas consider the options with the selection process.
“I was definitely proud of him going through this and trying to pick the school that he wanted,” Coach Grooms said. “We looked at the pros and cons of all of them.”
“Kind of glad he stayed in Tennessee,” Coach Grooms added.
Dallas has fond memories of the people he came in contact with at Community.
“All the people here were great,” Dallas said.
“No matter what the score was, there were no other people I’d choose to be around.”
Sewanee College, located in Sewanee, Tennessee is a member of the Southern Athletic Association and competes in NCAA Division III football.
The conference fields teams from Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
Dallas plans to major in finance at Sewanee.