Rod Chisholm is a Charlotte-area high school legend.
He scored more than Ryan Lochte. He spent more time in the endzone than he did midfield.
When he came to App State in 2008, there were some hopes he could morph into another K-Rich.
And those hopes were wrong.
He’s appeared in just 15 games, all in 2009 or 2010. Last year his grades forced him off the field.
This fall he’s back, with one last shot at new opportunities.
Today, Chisholm is back on the team and in the mix to start at running back for the Mountaineers, who open their season Sept. 1 at East Carolina.
As importantly – if not more so – Chisholm is also back on the Dean’s List at Appalachian State, where he expects to graduate in December with a degree in Communication Studies.
“I’ve got the mentality now that I know what’s important to me,” said Chisholm, a former star at West Charlotte and Independence high schools. “I’m not going anywhere without an education. And you can’t play football without the academics.”
Foster said Chisholm also didn’t miss a day of summer workouts. Chisholm and (Steven) Miller will likely split time, with Chisholm (5-foot-9, 195 pounds) doing a lot of between-the-tackles running and Miller playing in more of a “scatback” role.
While Chisholm has been in Boone since 2008, Miller was a transfer last season. They have a combined 624 rushing yards on 124 carries in three seasons of App State play.
Since the days of the TD Machine we’ve been pining for a new star RB. Could this be the year?