5 transfers join Rocky football program

2013-02-01T16:08:00Z 2013-02-03T22:25:12Z 5 transfers join Rocky football programGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Lucas Mealy, a former tight end for Colorado's Adams State College, is among five newcomers who have joined the Rocky Mountain College football program this semester.

Besides Mealy, Rocky coach Brian Armstrong said that defensive lineman Austin Bolin, cornerback Jorden Upton, defensive end/linebacker Alex Sami and safety/linebacker Kane Bachelor are attending classes and looking forward to spring football with the Battlin' Bears.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Mealy appeared in 10 games for NCAA Division II Adams State in 2011. He caught four passes for 33 yards.

Mealy was an All-America tight end at Cerritos College in California, with 66 catches for 885 yards and 13 TDs in his two seasons.

He will have one year of eligibility remaining at Rocky.

The 6-1, 270-pound Bolin, who is from Dayton, Wyo., came to Rocky after attending the University of North Dakota in the fall, Armstrong said.

The 5-8, 180-pound Upton played one season at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash., the 5-11, 217-pound Sami played last fall for Dickinson State and the 6-1, 200-pound Bachelor last played for Murrieta Valley High School in California.

Bolin and Bachelor will have four years of eligibility left, while Sami and Upton will have three.

Sami, who is also from Dayton, Wyo., and Bolin were teammates at Tongue River High School.

Armstrong said that Upton, who was the defensive MVP at CBC, will add immediate depth to Rocky's defensive backfield. He added that the Bears originally recruited Mealy out of Cerritos before he decided on Adams State.

Sami will have to sit out next season at Rocky because he is transferring in from another Frontier Conference school, Armstrong said.

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