Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

July 20, 2012

KCU Football to play on new field

By Grant Stevens - Sports Editor

July 17, 2012 —  

Legendary rock quartet Queen’s “I Want to Break Free” is about breaking free from the chains that bind you.

         Well, KCU football no longer has to “want” to break free from not having a “true” home field, because soon enough it will have a field of its own to lay claim to.

         After six seasons, the Knights no longer have to play home games on someone else’s field.  Instead, it will be getting its own 1,000-seat stadium, complete with a six-suite press box for local media.

         The playing field itself will feature a top-of-the-line synthetic turf surface, along with footers for lights to be installed in the near future.

         A big supporter of this new field has been the Knights fairly new leader, second-year head coach, Mike Furrey.

         Furrey is certainly no stranger to the spotlight, tallying 10 years experience playing for numerous NFL squads, including a 2006 season for the Detroit Lions in which Furrey led the NFC in receptions with 98.

         A bigger stage for a team attempting to further extend its recruiting hand is something Furrey says will make a world of difference for his team.

         “This is a huge stride for the future of what we want to become here at KCU,” Furrey said.  “To have a home field that will look the way it’s suppose to look will not only bring more attention to our school and this program, but will also provide this community with a facility to be proud of.  It just helps in so many ways.”

         Furrey was named the KCU headman in December of 2010, just months after suffering a career-ending concussion as a wide receiver for the Washington Redskins.        

         A true winner at heart, there’s one thing that Furrey wants to instill in his Knights, and he hopes the new KCU Stadium can help in achieving this.

         “I want this team to be successful, and I want my players to believe they can be successful,” Furrey said.  “This stadium and its progression means a lot to our staff and our kids, and hopefully this will give us the pride a team needs when it takes the field in front of its home crowd.”

         Support from several different sponsors has helped to make the Knights new home a reality.

         Furrey closed by thanking all of those involved in the process, saying he is grateful for all they have done.

         “Some friends have stepped up to make this thing possible, and for that our team is very thankful,” Furrey said. “In order for your program to move forward, good things have to happen to it.  This is hopefully just the beginning of the good things to come for KCU football.

         Furrey and his Knights hope to grace their new home field when the 2012 KCU football season kicks of on August 25 in the home opener against Lindsey Wilson College in Grayson.