Quentin Randolph wrote in an Instagram post earlier this summer about the darkness he encountered in his football life, darkness that seemed to envelop him. He was staring at an uncertain future in the game he is so passionate about.
He had talks with his family as well as with one of his closest friends on the University of West Florida football team: Kevin Grant, a guy he calls a spectacular player. A teammate who has always been in his corner.
Still, he wondered if football was it for him. He questioned himself, thinking maybe it was time to hang it up and just focus on school.
He began to turn a corner two years ago. Randolph started on special teams and made a handful of catches in limited appearances on offense, including one catch in the national championship game.
Then last year happened. The breakout year. His moment of grabbing the spotlight by the throat and not letting go. He finished third on the team in receptions (19) and yards (303) and tied for second in touchdowns (3).
Now, as the former Navarre Raider stands on the cusp of his senior season with the Argonauts, he reflects on this remarkable journey from the walk-on no one knew to the player on scholarship that opponents must respect.