In 2015, Multimedia Producer Mike Simons, Photo Editor John Clanton and then Sports Columnist John E. Hoover spent 12 months pulling back the curtain on two small-town heroes trying to earn a shot at the big time - a Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offer.

The two became college teammates at the University of North Texas, with the Mean Green even having a Heisman campaign for Mason Fine in 2019.

Fine went undrafted early this year, but is keeping his NFL dream alive.

Take a look back at our series on the Locust Grove standouts here.