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A former Concord High School football star is making a name for himself out west.
Last month, former Spiders standout Isaac Kochan earned a spot on the Sporting News Midseason All-America Team alongside some of college football’s brightest stars.
Cochran, a senior at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was named to the magazine’s All-America team as an offensive guard.
Others on the All-America team include names like Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud, who is projected to be a top-five pick in next year’s NFL draft, and wide receiver teammate Marvin Harrison Jr., along with several players from national powerhouse Georgia. Alabama, Michigan and Penn State. NC State kicker Christopher Dunn was named to the team.
In addition to being recognized by Sporting News, Kochan was recently selected as one of 81 candidates to compete for the Burlsworth Trophy, the nation’s most outstanding walk-on player.
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The Burlsworth Trophy has been awarded for the past 13 years, but no Air Force player has been nominated until Cochan.
Cochran graduated from Concord in 2018 after excelling in both wrestling and football. Although he earned all-state honors for the Spiders in football and was a Shrine Bowl participant at Carolina, few schools offered Cochrane a scholarship to compete in college. Instead, he contacted Air Force coaches and sent him an application, the Colorado Springs newspaper reported.
Air Force does not award athletic scholarships.
This year, the 6-foot-5, 325-pound Cochran — also a two-time conference wrestling champion at Concord — was a preseason first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection, and he anchored the offensive line. This helped the Falcons to a two-game winning streak.
“Probably his greatest strength is his consistency, day in and day out, in the way he practices,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun told the Colorado Springs Gazette. “Very few assignments.” I think the other thing he does is, he’s an invaluable part of the relationship as a guard.
Cochran plans to earn a degree in materials chemistry, and would like to pursue pilot training after graduation.