MacMurray alum helps lead Team USA in World University Championship for American Football
In the recent World University Championship for American Football, Team USA managed a second-place finish, with help from defensive back Vattel Voigt from MacMurray College.
Voigt's football career got off to a rocky start.
Growing up without a father, he struggled with school and dealt with legal issues. Voigt assessed his options and decided to transfer to MacMurray College.
Once there, he had trouble climbing the depth chart at his original running back position. Seeking a way to play, he asked his coaches if he could switch to cornerback. They allowed it, and it worked out well for everyone. He had 137 tackles, ninth in MacMurray history, and became a team captain.
While coming from a smaller school background, Voigt does have aspirations to play in the National Football League. He has said he plans to apply principles he learned while playing and practicing for Team USA in his attempt to secure a spot in the NFL.
If that doesn't come to pass, Voigt says he will pursue a master's degree in kinesiology. He eventually wants to open a facility for young athletes where they can mature physically, mentally and spiritually.