Eric Baily of the Tulsa World reports that Chris Hummingbird, Kiowa, is back participating with his Tulsa University teammates on the football field, a welcome relief after a year spent on the sidelines.
Hummingbird, a 6’2″, 240-pound linebacker recruited from Tahlequah Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, had to sit out his freshmen year after the NCAA said he didn’t take the appropriate courses to get 16 core credits he needed for eligibility. Hummingbird is a Gates Millennium Scholar, a minority scholarship program that funds his schooling through graduation through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
“I’ve been waiting to get back on the field and it feels good because I’m getting back on the flow of everything,” Hummingbird told Tulsa World. “It wasn’t fun to come out and watch everyone play. I had to sit on the sidelines and watched my position. Now I’m getting back in the groove of everything.”
Hummingbird got the requisite credits in his freshmen year, which he spent studying, and waiting, for his chance to get back out on the field. Now that he’s eligible, Hummingbird is ready to play big time football for Tulsa U.
“I just motivated myself and didn’t want to give up,” Hummingbird told Tulsa World. “I wanted to play Division I college football. My parents and my family, they want me to be successful in this sport. I just thought of them every day and came and watched practices … that’s what I stuck to doing.”