“The whole point of Division III is that student-athletes can be real student-athletes and put academics first,” he said. “They can make education the highest priority while continuing to play sports.”
"On a sunny afternoon this fall, Sul Ross State quarterback Monte Morales completed 13 of 25 passes and ran for a touchdown as the Lobos beat Howard Payne 17-0 at Alpine's Jackson Field.
Less than 24 hours later, Morales started an overnight shift at High Frontier, a residential school for teenagers who are, according to its Web site, “experiencing a wide range of emotional, behavioral and educational problems.”
Morales works at the center, which is between Alpine and Fort Davis in the mountains of West Texas, three nights a week. And takes a full course load at Sul Ross. And practices every day with the football team, makes the bone-wearying bus trips of the American Southwest Conference and manages to have a small sliver of a life outside school and football.
“I'm dragging pretty much the whole week,” he said wearily. “It's pretty rough.”
But for a lot of young men, if they're going to play NCAA Division III football, it's life."
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