North grad Sawyer thriving at Pitt State
The last time most people in Shawnee saw Aaron Sawyer, he was starring on the track at Shawnee Mission North.
He won the 110-meter hurdles state championship as a senior, but he opted to pursue a college track and football career at Pittsburg State.
As a freshman, Sawyer was a reserve who mostly played on special teams, but he broke through in the receiving corps during his sophomore campaign. He made five starts and emerged as a big-play receiver with 11 catches for 263 yards — an average of almost 24 yards per reception. His top game was a two-touchdown, 142-yard performance against No. 16 Central Oklahoma.
So far this season, Sawyer has five catches for 48 yards for the Gorillas (2-2). His longest reception was for 19 yards.
Sawyer's biggest college track accomplishment so far was a sixth-place finish in the 110 hurdles at the MIAA Outdoor Championships in 2009.