Despite a loss this past weekend to Grand Junction, the 2013 edition of the Mountain Range Mustangs is off to a strong start at 3-1. A key to this start is the play of 2014 running back Gabe Gillespie. The 6-0 227 pounder, who cleans 270 and squats 425, is tough to bring down and although not a speedster, has, for a big runner, the ability to make people miss. Very consistent, Gillespie, has over the past two seasons, averaged right at six yards a carry. In Mountain Range's first three games this season, all victories, Gillespie scored a total of nine touchdowns.
Breaking down his own game Gillespie cites balance and strength as keys to his game. Areas of improvement, according to the power runner include, pass blocking and ball security.
Flying under the radar Gillespie has received some initial interest from DIIs, DIIIs and one FCS program. Regarding the DIIs Gillespie is hearing from most of the RMAC, especially Western State. DIIs include Nebraska Wesleyan, Dakota Wesleyan and Augsburg. Gillespie has also heard from Indiana State.
Regarding playing at the next level, the productive big backs says, "Playing football in college has always been a dream of mine." A touchdown machine with college size and surprising athleticism, next season Gillespie will get the chance to pursue his dream.