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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Swedes’ Autrey, Fambrough sign with Wichita

  • Two former Bethany College football players, Ira Autrey and Alex Fambrough, have signed with the Wichita Wild football team for the upcoming 2013 season.
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  • Two former Bethany College football players, Ira Autrey and Alex Fambrough, have signed with the Wichita Wild football team for the upcoming 2013 season.
    Autrey is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound, defensive back from South Houston, Texas. While at Bethany, Autrey was part of a defense that was ranked 13th in the nation. Individually he received KCAC Second-Team All-Conference honors.
    In the two years he played for Bethany he accumulated 76 tackles and had six interceptions for 218 yards. Autrey also participated in indoor/outdoor track earning all-conference honors. He is the Bethany College record holder in the outdoor long jump (24' 2/14") and the outdoor 4X200 relay (1:34.42). Autrey qualified for Nationals both years.
    “Ira has very good top- end speed that should translate well at the next level,” Bethany coach Jamie Cruce said. “He is also a physical tackler that is not always common from the defensive back position.”
    Autrey feels like his biggest accomplishment is playing football all his life and receiving the opportunity to partake in the NFL Combine and to play professional ball for the Wild.
    “I hope to continue my football career, becoming a successful independent individual, providing for myself and two children,” Autrey said. “I strive for the best and will achieve to be the best by expanding my abilities to fulfill my dreams. I leave everything in God's hands to direct me in the path of my future with my mother watching over me from heaven.”
    Autrey will graduate at the end of December with a degree in business in engineering.
    Fambrough, a 6-foot-5 kicker from Tyler, Texas, signed with the Wild on Dec. 7. While at Bethany College Fambrough broke the school record for field goals in a season with 17, ranking him first in the nation. He was named the KCAC and NAIA Player of the Week for making six field goals in one game against Kansas Wesleyan, tying the NAIA record.
    In 2011, Fambrough was named KCAC Special Teams Player of the Year, KCAC Place Kicker of the Year and Beyond Sports Network All-American. In 2012, he was invited to the Beyond Sports Network National Kicking Showcase and was a top three finalist. Fambrough finished his career at Bethany second all-time with 33 field goals.
    Fambrough came to Bethany to play baseball and ended up finishing playing football.
    “At first it was fun and then it became serious,” Fambrough said. “Never have I wanted to work hard at something like I have kicking. I led the nation in field goals and was the best kicker in the conference, it doesn't get much better than that, especially when you don't expect to do those things.”
    Fambrough is currently finishing his student teaching and will graduate at the end of December with a degree in health and physical education.
    Page 2 of 2 - “They were both exceptional players for us here at Bethany,” Cruce said. “We are proud of these individuals as they look to continue their athletic careers, and I am personally excited to see them graduate from Bethany and go on to do great things in all aspects of their lives.”
    The Wichita Wild formed in 2007 and play out of Hartman Arena in Park City.

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