He punted 55 times during his senior season
for a total of 2,102 yards. His average was 38.2 yards with his seasonbest punt being 52 yards at Memphis on Sept. 27.
As Shrable thought back over his college
career, he said it felt good to have completed
the four years of play, but he did express a twinge of regret.
"I really regret not being red-shirted," he said. "I'd like to have a fifth year."
ASU head football coach Steve Roberts said
that is often the case for college players.
"All seniors who didn't [red-shirt] wish they
had, and all freshmen want to play," he said.
"They don't think about how much better they
are going to be at 22 than at 18.".
Shrable played in 10 games as a true
freshman at linebacker and on special teams.
In 2006, he took over punting duties for the
Indians and finished the year with an average of
38.1 yards on 52 punts.
As a junior, he was a Second Team All-Sun
Belt Conference selection. He recorded his
career-best punt of 57 yards in 2007.
Now, Shrable will turn his attention to completing his coursework. He expects to graduate in December of this year with an education degree in physical education
and health and a minor in history.
"I plan to coach and teach after I graduate,"
As Shrable begins plans for his coaching
career, he had praise for his high school coach.
"Coach Sears is a really good coach and instills a good work ethic," he said. "He almost runs
the Hoxie program like a small college. It made
the transition easier."
He cited HHS Head Coach Tom Sears'
emphasis on studies, off-season workouts and
accountability as mimicking his experiences
at the college level.
Sears said it was a pleasure to coach
Shrable while he was playing at Hoxie and
that he is proud of what he has accomplished.
"Brett is one of the best athletes I've ever had the opportunity to coach," Sears said. "He was a tremendous competitor who hated to lose."
Though Shrable won't be suiting up with the
Red Wolves in the fall, he will still be a part of the program. He will remain on scholarship and will be working for the athletic department doing a variety of tasks.
Coach Roberts said Shrable has enjoyed
success at ASU both on and off the field.
"Brett is an outstanding young man," he said.
"He did everything in his power to make our football team and university be successful. He did a great job academically and has certainly been a big part of our turnaround here at Arkansas State."
The son of Carol Shrable of Walnut Ridge and the late Gary Shrable, he is married to the former Candis Jenee Ware.
(Editor's Note: A feature on Drew Gardner, Shrable's teammate at Hoxie who plays for Vanderbilt, will appear in next week's TD)
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