Wade Not Affected by Success

Loren Wade's production in 2003 will go down as one of the most productive years by an ASU freshman. While success brings the inevitable expectations, the tailback vows to concentrate on the feats lying ahead rather than those accomplished.

Last season, Wade led all of the maroon and gold tailbacks in rushing yards (773), as well as yards per carry (5.7). Naturally, he comes into spring practice listed as the starting tailback going into the 2004 season, and he's comfortable assuming that position. "Last year was my first year,' he said. "I was young so I was just getting use to it (being the starter). This year my confidence is much higher, I know what I'm doing so it's much better."

Last year's team struggles have taught the sophomore all about the discipline and the commitment needed to succeed. Wade also learned to put his personal achievements in perspective, especially in light of an overall disappointing team season. "Mike Williams was a good leader as far as his work ethic," stated Wade. "It's just a position though were everything has to come natural. It's good that I had a good season and I appreciate that from my O-line and my fullbacks. But stuff like that doesn't mean anything if we don't have a good year."

The tailback is unfazed by the new double tight end set ("To tell you the truth I haven't really noticed it. I just run."), and enjoys the competitiveness at his position which he believes can only better itself because all three tailbacks are pushing each other to higher levels of success.

Loren Wade, along with Andrew Walter and Derek Hagan will be the proverbial faces of the 2004 Sun Devils offense. Consequently, prognosticators will undoubtedly peg the tailback as one of the best in the Pac-10. Wade vows, just like last year, to keep focused and committed to the task on hand. "The hype and stuff is cool and all that," he remarked. "But you can't listen to that stuff because it will get to your head. I don't listen to any of that stuff, I just come out and play hard." If that formula was successful last year, then why change now…?

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