Beyond the Scoreboard: One of WNC’s top quarterbacks will walk on at WCU

Joey Curry (center) and coach David Gentry (right) led Murphy to a state 1A title in 2016. Photo credit: Joey Curry

Murphy High’s Joey Curry is the second in a crop of outstanding Western Carolina senior quarterbacks to commit to a college.

Curry, who led the Bulldogs to a 28-4 record the past two seasons and the state 1A title as a junior, has agreed to be a preferred walk-on at Western Carolina.

Curry, 6-2, 200, threw for 56 touchdowns and just six interceptions in three seasons under legendary coach David Gentry.

His career numbers include 5,229 passing yards and 6,124 yards of total offense.

In 2017, he threw for 1,687 yards and 24 scores and played in the Shrine Bowl.

“Western is close to home, and that makes my mother happy,” Curry said. “I’m glad to get the opportunity to compete and show what I can do and what I’m made of.”

He is also a standout baseball player and Gentry said he may get a chance to play both sports in Cullowhee.

“I’m excited for him, and he’s pretty excited to walk-on at Western,” said Gentry, who has 393 career wins and has won seven state titles at Murphy.

“He’s a real good baseball player too and they’ve talked about him playing that as well. He has a good package to offer Western, and they are getting a good one.

“He likes the school, the coaches, the whole thing.”

Tye Mintz, the Cherokee quarterback who led the Braves to state 1A title this past season, is the other local passer to agree to terms with a school. He has committed to Gardner-Webb.

Joey’s older brother Michael is a baseball standout at Georgia, and he hopes to play both sports with the Catamounts.

In the last two years in baseball, Curry is 87-of-176 (.494) with 58 RBIs in 57 games and 28 stolen bases in 30 attempts. On the mound he is 7-1 with an ERA under 1.00 and 76 strikeouts in 50 innings.

He has been the Smoky Mountain Conference Player of the Year in baseball each of the past two seasons.

“Playing two sports in college is tough, but I think I’m up for it,” he said. “Baseball is in my family and I definitely want to play if I can.”