Cumberland University


Will Judson: Healing Future Athletes


Will Judson is a force on the football field. An offensive tackle double-majoring in Biology and Biochemistry, Judson has won several accolades as a student athlete. Having been named a Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athlete and Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete on multiple occasions, Judson has proven himself to be a valuable member of his team.

The greatest contribution Judson will make to athletics may not come from his skills as a player, however, but from his passion to become a medical professional.

“Since high school, I’ve known that I wanted to enter the medical field and possibly become a surgeon,” Judson said. “I would especially like to work with athletes and try to help get them back on the field and doing what they love.”

Judson is working to make that aspiration a reality at Cumberland University. Having discovered a love for anatomy and biology in high school, the Nolensville native began his studies as a Biology major at Cumberland in the fall of 2009. 

Judson chose Cumberland for its small-school atmosphere and athletics, and with the support of his professors and coaches, he would develop into a respected scholar-athlete.

“Something clicked sophomore year,” Judson said. “I didn’t study much in the beginning, but then I realized that I needed to step it up in the classroom if this was what I wanted to do. I was an immature freshman and developed into a mature upperclassman.”

Since that time, Judson has made his mark as a Biology scholar, becoming a part of Cumberland’s Pre-Professional Society and Beta Beta Beta biological honor society. Training for his future in medical school through his coursework, Judson has learned not only practical biological lessons, but also how to “stick with it” when it comes to his future goals.

It is an ethic that Judson credits in part to his professors.

“Our professors are always reminding us that there is something past Cumberland,” Judson said. “They’re always instilling that excitement into you for your future career. Stick with it, keep following the light at the end of the tunnel, and one day you will be a pharmacist, or you will be a doctor.”

Whether running experiments in the laboratory or running drills on the football field, Judson is studying every day at Cumberland to bring himself one step closer to his ultimate goal. For now, however, Judson is happy to have proven himself not to others, but to himself.

“Making it as far as I have is my biggest achievement,” Judson said. “Not everyone makes it in Biology, but we have a great group of people in the department, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.”