Power back could also excel at linebacker

The Athens News Courier Player of the Year as a junior after leading his team to the state playoffs, Jason Jude is the top returning power back in North Alabama.

Jude stands 6-1 and packs 222 pounds of muscle on his frame, but aside from his power he has great football speed. Clocked at 4.60 in the forty-yard dash, Jude appears to always run away from defensive backs that supposedly have faster speed.

Jude played his freshman year at Butler High School ( Huntsville ), but transferred to Athens as a sophomore. He made a quick impression on his teammates and the rest of the area that year by rushing for 1400 yards and 21 Tds.

He followed that with a junior year in which he demonstrated a combination of slashing and bruising styles that made him a load to tackle. He finished that year with 1700 yards and 19 Tds despite playing the final five games with a separated shoulder.

Jude has been compared favorably to Rudi Johnson (Auburn, Cincinnati Bengals) as a runner, but he has better hands for receiving.

He made the All Region and All State teams as a junior.

Despite Jude's offensive accomplishments, there are many that feel his collegiate future is at linebacker. Currently he is so valuable at running back that he doesn't play much defense. However, he is open to playing linebacker in college.

Jude will have his core GPA at the end of the present semester (2.3 now) and he is scheduled to take the ACT in April.

He bench presses 300 pounds, squats 415, and power cleans 280.

It's still early in the process, but Jude lists his school interests as Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Georgia, and North Carolina State.

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