Late Bloomer Putting Up Big Running Numbers

This talented senior back is coming up big for the Sylacauga Aggies this season.

Sylacauga, Ala.--Every year there are players who come out of nowhere as a senior to become college football prospects while putting up big numbers in his final prep season. In 2010 a prospect who fits that description is running back D'Morrise Bledsoe.

A 5-11, 205-pounder with a self-reported 40-yard dash time of 4.46 seconds, Bledsoe is in his second year at Sylacauga after moving all over as a youngster including Randolph County and Handley. With current Samford standout Kelsey Pope controlling things for the Aggies last season there wasn't much room for Bledsoe to stand out. That has changed dramatically this time around.

Helping coach Matt Griffith's squad to a 5-1 start after defeating Erwin 39-20 last Friday night behind his 207 yards and two touchdowns, Bledsoe is having a monster year as he's settling into his role as the feature back for the Aggies. In six games he has 100 carries for 1,093 yards and 17 touchdowns and says he's becoming a better back with every passing day.

"Last year I didn't really get a chance to show what I could do," Bledsoe says. "Coach Griffith has been working with me and I have gotten a lot better with his help. He's had me lifting weights and getting stronger.

"I felt like I was ready last year but coach Grif said that I would know when I was ready," he adds. "Over the summer he told me I was ready and I felt it too. It was just passing camp but everything went good. When the season started I knew it was our time to show everybody what we could do."

Playing linebacker, defensive end and even some quarterback at both Randolph County and Handley, Bledsoe is finally getting to play the position he feels like is his best and it's showing in his production. He said for him it's just a matter of doing something he loves.

"I love this team," Bledsoe notes. "They are like a family to me. I give credit to my line. I give credit to the whole team because I couldn't do it by myself. I love them. They are like my family. I love running the ball. I guess it comes naturally to me. I just love football. I've loved it since the first time I played."

With not much of a history in terms of playing before this year, it's not surprising that Bledsoe is just now beginning to get attention from college scouts. With a 24 on the ACT and his ability to run the ball, that's likely to change in a big way in the coming weeks and months and he's hoping one school in particular comes calling.

"I'm hearing from UAB," Bledsoe says. "I still have to get cleared through the clearinghouse because I had to send some stuff back in to them to fix it.

"I love Auburn," he adds. "I'm an Auburn fan until the day I die. Auburn, Alabama, really any team in the SEC is where I want to go. That's my goal. The way I run the ball it's my goal to make it to the SEC."



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