“It’s not too big.  It’s not too small.  And it’s calm.”  That’s how Campbell County High School Cougar Christian Shouse sums up why he chose to attend Carson-Newman.

TOP PHOTO:  Mom, Krista, Son, Christian, and Dad, Chris Shouse are together ahead of the many photos that were later taken during Christian’s Wednesday morning signing of scholarship papers at CCHS.

Shouse finished second in the state decathlon last spring and set the school record for receiving yards in a season (800) back in the fall for Cougar Football.  His 2018 football numbers are 50 receptions for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He also scored one rushing touchdown and returned a kick-off for a score.  However, at the collegiate level, NCAA Division II, Shouse will only focus on track and field as a Carson-Newman Eagle.

“His work ethic is second to none,” said Chris Shouse, Christian’s father and track and field coach at CCHS.  Cougar Football Coach Justin Price echoed Shouse, Sr.  Price called the young athlete a phenomenal talent adding he is impressed with Christian’s commitment and results.

“The running events are my best, but I have a love-hate relationship with the 400.  It doesn’t settle well with my asthma,”Shouse said.

But he does every event quite well about as well as when he quickly rattles them off – the 100, the 110 high hurdles, the 400,  and the 1,500, the long jump, the high jump, the pole vault, shot put, discus and javelin.

Wednesday morning at Campbell High, with family, several  friends, teammates and classmates looking on, Shouse officially signed with Carson-Newman, a program that he’s been talking seriously with for about the past six months.  He says he really likes the coaches and team at C-N.  Shouse plans to major in some sort of education field.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/24/2019-6AM)