Speed to burn

Carzell Vickers has a simple goal when it comes to football in 2010 -- stay healthy. If he can meet that mark, it will lead to good things for the Valor Christian program and a college scholarship. Get inside for more.

Carzell Vickers missed much of last season after breaking his left wrist in Week 4 and undergoing surgery to have a plate installed in his arm.

"I feel like the Bionic Man because I have a plate in there," he said.

He was able to return to play for his team in the playoffs, but he helped out on the defensive side of the ball, playing defensive back for the first time in his life, he said.

He's looking forward to getting back to offense and building a reputation as a playmaker at wide receiver as a senior this summer and next fall.

Vickers already has done enough to earn a scholarship offer from Colorado State. He also is hearing from Colorado, Kansas State and Nebraska. He paid a visit to Boulder to check out the Buffs' first junior day in January.

"It was OK. I was pretty cool. I liked it up there," he said.

Vickers is good friends with teammate George Talanoa, a fullback, and the two have talked about the possibility of attending the same college. They're hopeful it can work out, but they won't be trying to sell themselves as a package deal.

Vickers will be catching passes from, perhaps, the best quarterback in Colorado in 2010 in Brock Berglund and that should help his recruitment.

Vickers is running track for Valor Christian this spring. He competes as a sprinter with his primary event being the 400. He has run the event in :48 seconds.

He said he isn't necessarily interested in running track in college and that won't play a role in choosing a college. He considers his future to be on the football field. His teammates say his speed translates well to the gridiron.

"He looks like Usain Bolt," Talanoa said describing his friend on the field. "He's so fast. Once he catches the ball he has so much speed. It looks like he's gliding in the air."

Vickers is waiting to see how his senior season plays out and what kind of interest he will generate among colleges. He admits he is hoping for offers from Pac-10 schools, but he is open to any school that has interest in him.

"Most of my family lives in California, but if it's a D-I scholarship and it's the best for me, then that's where I'll go," he said.

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