Chatman off to a good start at Campbellsville

Published 12:01am Sunday, October 6, 2013

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Natchez High School alumnus and Hinds Community College football standout Trevon Chatman is making a name for himself as he has gotten his junior year at Campbellsville University off to a jump start.

Chatman said NAIA Division 1 football isn’t much different than his experience at Hinds, and he said he was prepared for the challenges.

“It’s not really too much different,” he said. “It took a minute to adjust because everyone is from different places. But once we got to know each other, it was cool.”

Chatman said he thinks he started his junior year off right in his opening game against Lindsey Wilson University.

“I think I’m playing really well,” Chatman said. “I had a touchdown my first game.”

And since then, Chatman has been on a roll, as he leads his team in receiving yards with 292 in the season, averaging 17.2 yards a catch and 73 yards a game. He has scored 24 points with four touchdowns.

Chatman said his most memorable game so far came against Belhaven University when he broke into the top-five longest punt returns in school history.

His 70-yard punt return for a touchdown against Belhaven was the Tigers’ first since Calvin Bini at Pikeville in 2010 and the third longest in school history.

He also leads punt returns with 95 total yards in the season, that statistic is the fourth-most in school history.

Chatman said though he has put up big numbers in his first four games as a Tiger, he has bigger goals in mind.

“My goal is to get 1,000 receiving yards before the end of the reason,” he said.

For Chatman, 1,000 yards is certainly not unreachable, and he said he gets a little extra motivation from Natchez.

“It makes me work a little harder knowing where I’m from and to represent for Natchez,” Chatman said.

After he graduates in 2016, Chatman said he wants to continue playing football.

“I want to enter the NFL Draft and go to the next level,” he said.

Chatman and the Tigers play on Oct. 12 at Georgetown College.