Chris Shouse had an unenviable task as a parent and a coach and that was to speak of his own son’s, Christian Shouse’s, accomplishment. Shouse was humble in his praise of his son but pointed out his dedication and work ethic. Cougar football coach Justin Price was there to back up the praise the elder Shouse gave his son.

Christian Shouse signed a track scholarship to join the Carson Newman Eagle Track team. SHouse will go in as a decathlete, meaning he will spend the season doing the various events that make up the decathlon. The college decathlon consists of four track and six field events, a total of 10 events. Competitions include 100-meter sprint, 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter event, 1500-meter event, long jump, high jump, shot put, discus throw, javelin throw and pole vault. Last year Shouse was second in the state in the TSSAA Decathlon.

Christian chose Carson Newman because he liked the feel and size of the school. He plans to major in education and said he would consider helping coach track in the future.

Though he will not play football for the storied Eagle squad he easily could with the numbers he had in his senior season as a Cougar. He set the school record with 800 yards receiving this season.