Trudniak signs with Methodist
Ledford may be a run-first team under head coach Chris Adams, but senior Ryan Trudniak proved last season the Panthers can have plenty of success through the air.
A 6-0, 165-pound wideout, Trudniak turned in a Mid-Piedmont 3-A All-Conference season, catching 20 balls for 600 yards and five touchdowns. He was by far the main target for LHS. His speed allowed for deep routes and he could grab just about anything thrown his way. Methodist University recognized his ability, and on Thursday in the school media center, it was announced that Trudniak has signed a letter of intent to play for the NCAA Division III program in Fayetteville.
“They came and visited the school right after football season,” said Trudniak. I went there and saw the school firsthand and I liked it. The campus is very nice and there are a lot of things around it. They have a winning program every year.”
A participant in the USA South Athletic Conference, the Monarchs went 5-5 last season including a 4-3 mark in league play. Being a wide receiver, Trudniak was attracted to the spread offense at Methodist. They were third in the conference in passing yards a year ago, and averaged 25 points per game. Methodist was tops in touchdown receptions with 16 during USA South play.
“They run a quick offense and pass it a lot,” said Trudniak.
When Trudniak made a catch in high school, it usually went for a big play. He built a great relationship with quarterbacks Duke Boger and Bubba White, who helped him to a 30 yards per catch average.
“We had a good connection. When I got open for them they put it right on the spot.”
Trudniak expressed appreciation for the lessons learned while at Ledford, especially from coach Adams over the last three years of his high school career.
“It was a great experience,” he said. Coach Adams pushed me and motivated me. He made sure I did good on the field and kept my grades right. He helped me out as both a football player and person.”
Trudniak will study physical education while at Methodist.