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Durley Takes Step Towards Ultimate Football Goal

Sam Durley survives first season in IFL


WMBD/WYZZ-TV - EUREKA, lll.- He's home for the summer and that's just how Sam Durley wants it.

The former Eureka College star quarterback just finished his first season of playing arena football football for the Wyoming Cavalry.

"Very good competition," said Durley. "You're on a small, compact field. These huge guys you're not use to, coming at you. It's a big difference then playing here in Eureka."

Durley loves Eureka but he'd like to be the next athlete from the area to make it big. He had a record-setting career at Eureka College,  throwing for better that 700 yards in a game. But he now knows he's being measured against players who have played at much bigger schools and in much bigger stadiums.

"It's a big learning experience for us, especially for the small school guys who jumped that competition level with guys who played in the NFL, said Durley.  "And guys that are going to play in the NFL."

The 22-year-old has one year of indoor football under his belt. He's hoping to move up the arena football ladder or get a shot at the Canadian Football League soon.

Not bad for a guy from Roanoke-Benson High School, which doesn't have a football team.

"I've always been an underdog. I guess I didn't even plan on playing college football," said Durley. "I did it in high school because Coach (Kurt) Barth convinced me. It ended up working out great. All it takes is motivation, hard work and great teammates that help you along the way. And great coaches. I had all that."

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