Former St. Bede Bruin and BCR Player of the Year Adam Poundstone has enrolled at Western Illinois University this semester and received an invitation as a preferred walk-on to play football for the Leathernecks.
Former St. Bede Bruin and BCR Player of the Year Adam Poundstone has enrolled at Western Illinois University this semester and received an invitation as a preferred walk-on to play football for the Leathernecks. — Shaw Media file photo

Adam Poundstone’s Twitter profile says, “Nobody Cares. Work Harder.”

He could also use the word perseverance to describe himself.

Poundstone has parlayed that mantra into an opportunity to play Division I football.

The 2017 St. Bede graduate and Bruin player is enrolled at Western Illinois University this semester, having received a preferred walk-on invitation to play football for the Leathernecks this fall.

It will mark the first time he will have played collegiately.

“It’s just an opportunity,” said Poundstone, during a break in classes Wednesday morning in Macomb. “I had a hard time finding the right school for me to showcase my talents, I guess. I’m just humbled for an opportunity, and I got one.”

Poundstone has taken the long road to Macomb.

A non-qualifier out of high school academically, Poundstone went to IVCC for one year. From there, he went to Iowa Central and then to the College of DuPage, desiring to play football, but never got to step on the field.

“At Iowa Central, I tried out at running back and I was told I wasn’t good enough. At DuPage, I was told I can’t be on the team because I chose Iowa Central (first),” he said.

Undeterred and determined to play football again, Poundstone explored a tryout at Western last June. He made such an impression on the WIU staff, he received the preferred walk-on offer and just wants to make the most of his opportunity now that he has qualified to play.

“I’d like to just really focus on bettering myself while I’m here,” said Poundstone, who will study exercise science. “I’d like to make a difference off the field with the platform I have and make a difference on the field and work my way up.

“I’ve got big dreams what I want to do, but I don’t speak of it, because people may talk it down. I keep it to myself most of the time.”

Poundstone desires to use his platform as a Division 1 player to read books at schools and other similar opportunities.

St. Bede coach Jim Eustice said Poundstone has earned everything he’s got.

“He’s really worked his butt off both physically and in the classroom. We are proud of him and wish him the best,” he said.

Poundstone, who is humble by character, acknowledged his story of perseverance is one story that other aspiring players can take to heart.

“For any kid who feels like they have faced adversity, I would say, put your head down and keep working hard. It just may pay off,” he said.

Recruited as a defensive back, Poundstone will have two years of eligibility at Western.

In his lone season at St. Bede, after transferring from Ottawa High School, “Pounder” rushed for 1,254 yards and 22 touchdowns on the way to receiving unanimous TRAC Mississippi All-Conference status.

He shared BCR Player of the Year honors with teammates Brady Booker and Braidy Shipp, leading the Bruins to a 2A second-round appearance.