Farnham Knights

Lettman becomes a Gaucho!

A young star of the Knights Offensive Line left tackle Toby Lettman is on his way to the USA to play for the #7 Nationally ranked US Junior College the Saddleback Gauchos in California

6 foot 8inches tall he fits the bill for the Gauchos who also launched the career of NFL Offensive Lineman Menelik Watson. Watson spent a year with Saddleback and was then recruited by Florida State University – following his college career Watson is now in the professional NFL with the Oakland Raiders.

Toby is the son of former Knights player and club legend Kenny Lettman who sadly passed away in 2008 – Toby got to know football watching his Dad play for the Knights but only came to the sport as a player a year ago with the Knights senior team in the British American Football League. An immediate starter with the club he received expert coaching from Mark “Tango” Lockwood the current Knights Head Coach.

Former Knights Head Coach Steve Rains made contact with his connections in the USA regarding Toby and they were immediately impressed with his highlight film.

Having watched the film from just 5 games former NFL Coach Richie Wessman – a native of California and former University of Southern California quarterback contacted Saddleback and things moved rapidly from there.

Toby has a steep learning curve to climb to bridge the gap between UK and USA football – but Watson did that in his first (and only) season with the Gauchos so the precedent is set

Toby said “Going to the USA to play College Football is a dream come true, American football has given me so much in a short space of time it is the ultimate team game.

I would like to thank the Farnham Knights organisation, especially Coach Rains and Coach Lockwood without them this would not have been possible.

I am so excited to join the Saddleback Gauchos – they are a nationally ranked Junior College team in the USA and regularly transfer students into the very top levels of College Football.

Menelik Watson still visits the college regularly and I am looking forward to meeting him – following in his footsteps is a huge challenge but a great opportunity. Of course it’s impossible to say what the future will bring but I am excited at this opportunity I have to follow my dream”

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