Starckey plays well in bowl game, earns region honor

By Mark Huber -

In addition to a strong performance in the National Bowl Game, Wilmington College senior Tarrell Starckey picked up third team All-North Region honors from

“It is good to see Tarrell being recognized for his play this season by being named to the all-region team,” said Wilmington head coach Stacey Hairston. “Tarrell worked extremely hard this season to help our team in any way he could. I take it as an honor for myself that I was able to coach Tarrell his entire college career. Players like Tarrell don’t come around every year. I am very happy for Tarrell and what he has done here at Wilmington College.”

Starckey (Richmond, Va./Highland Springs HS) earned first team All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors for the second time in his three-year Wilmington career. He made the transition from linebacker, where he was a first-team selection in 2014, to defensive back this season.

He led all OAC defensive backs with 104 tackles and was fifth with seven pass breakups. Starckey finished with 293 tackles in his three-year Wilmington career – which ranks his eighth all time.

Starckey, a 6-2, 225-pound strong safety and linebacker at WC, is just the second Wilmington defensive player, joining Chad Otte in 2006, to earn all-region honors from The website is in its 11th season naming an all-region team.

In three seasons, Starckey recorded 293 tackles, which leaves him top 10 all-time in Wilmington College history.

During Sunday’s National Bowl Game in Miami, Fla., Starckey had 7 tackles and 2 pass breaks to help the White squad to a 16-9 win.

More importantly, Starckey said a member of the St. Louis Rams organization visited with him after the game.

“They came up and talked with me and basically said they were really impressed (with me) out there,” Starckey said. “They took down all my information for like training camp and to keep in touch with me.”

The National Bowl Game showcases All-American and All Conference seniors from around the Nation that travel to the game from over 30 states representing over 400+ Division II, Division III and FCS schools.

By Mark Huber

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.