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App State offensive lineman steps off the field and into the operating room

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University senior Cole Garrison, an exercise science major and student-athlete from Clay, Alabama, is headed to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine — the next milestone on his journey to become a surgeon.

Garrison, an offensive lineman on the Mountaineers football team, is nationally recognized for his scholastic achievements, known for his community service and, this summer, he scored in the top 13% on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Undergraduate research

Garrison credits much of his academic success to the faculty, resources and research opportunities available to exercise science majors, a discipline he discovered during his recruiting visit to App State.