Last season a very solid
group of skill players brought their game to the football fields of
Colorado. Many of those talented,
runners, receivers and quarterbacks will take their game to the next level for
various D1 programs starting this upcoming fall. With the absence of players such as
Nigel Nelson and Phil Morelli, a new crop of running backs for the class of 2008
should emerge to see if they can fill the void. Here is a quick look at some of the
running backs to keep an eye on.
Darius Turner has seen adversity, after Hurricane Katrina, the 6'0 190 pound
running back found a home at Doherty High School in Colorado springs. With 4.4 speed and good size, and the
ability to make people miss, Turner is the latest edition of recent Doherty
backs to post big yards. Last
season, for the Spartans, Turner rushed for 1,800 yards and twenty-four
scores. With a seasoned offensive
line in front of him, look for Turner to flirt with the 2,000 yard mark for the
Doherty this upcoming season.
Along with Turner, Colorado
boasts a solid group of returning senior backs. Ryan Misare of Douglas
County banged his way to over 1,400 yards and eighteen touchdowns last season as
Douglas County went 11-2. Other
runners from the Continental league looking to build on last year's success are
Eric Longoria of Mountain Vista. Longoria rushed for 1,600 yards and
fifteen scores. Also in the
Continental League is Ryan Skogg of Heritage. When you talk to players from the
Continental League, Skogg's name is often mentioned as one of the best. At 5'10 170 pounds Skoggs does not have
prototypical size, but his stats speak for the themselves. Last season, Skogg rushed for 1,655
yards and sixteen touchdowns.
Of the players listed, the
one returning with the most yards is Bo Bolen of
Grandview. Last season for the
Wolves, Bolen rushed for over 1,800 yards, helping to lead his team to a 9-2
record in the tough Centennial League.
When it comes to running the
ball, speed kills and all of the above runners have speed, but few may be
quicker than Jonathan Gaye of Mullen and Jesse Lewis of
Loveland. Last season, Gaye was
injured and Mullen was well stocked at running back as Phil Morelli rushed for
over 2,000 yards. This season may
give Gaye his shot. With sprinters
speed, good size and one of the best returning lines in the state Gaye could be
poised for a break out season this upcoming fall. Along with Gaye, Jesse
Lewis of Loveland has speed to burn. Only 5'6 and 161 pounds, Lewis is a
threat as a runner, receiver and kick returner. Last year for the Indians, who
were the runners up in 4A, Lewis rushed for 1,199 yards, had over 300 receiving
yards and was a constant threat as a returner. With the graduation of Daniel
Freismuth, Lewis should see more carries this upcoming season.
This group along with others
from across the state, should make for exciting gridiron action in Colorado this
A solid group of returning runners will make games exciting across Colorado this upcoming fall.