Bynum Does It Big

Class of 2012 running back Jerry Bynum (Alief Elsik) was very productive as a sophomore and the sky is the limit for a young player with his skills. In fact, Bynum got the best of a five-star RB in the state track meet. Read on to get the details.

There's not many sophomore standouts on the 5A level in Texas, but running back Jerry Bynum is an exception to the rule. As a 10-grader, Bynum rushed for 672 yards on 131 carries (5.13 yards per carry) with 13 touchdowns for a 5A Division I playoff team.

Bynum's three biggest games came vs. Alief Hastings (24 carries, 155 yards, three TDs), Houston Spring Woods (23-112, three TDs), and Houston Northbrook (15-164, three TDs).

"Hastings is our big rival and we wanted to come out and perform in that game," said the 6-0, 186-pounder. "They're located right across the street from our school and the two schools used to be connected 15 years ago. I got some good blocks in that game that helped me get the yards.

"Against Northbrook, I wanted to shine and get some good yardage. I broke a 66-yard run (season long) for a touchdown on the first play. Spring Woods, like Northbrook, was an underdog against us and we were able to do well."

Elsik went 6-5 in 2009, losing to Katy Cinco Ranch in the first round of the playoffs. The Rams were hit and miss on offense last year, scoring more than 60 points in two games -- while being held to 14-or-fewer points in five others.

"We'll have a younger team this year," said Bynum, "so to be more consistent, everybody's heads are going to have to be in it. Everybody will have to come to practice. While we'll be younger as a team, we do have everybody back at the skill positions."

Bynum is not a huge back, but he loves to mix it up between the tackles. Don't be fooled, however. He has speed. Bynum finished ahead of five-star RB Aaron Green in the 100 meter hurdles at the state track meet.

"I prefer a combination of running inside and outside," he said, "but I probably like running inside the best. In track, I told my coach that I was going to get better in the hurdles and I won every meet until the regionals - where I finished second. I took seventh at the state meet (one spot ahead of Green)."

Bynum is already hearing from numerous schools, including SMU, Baylor, Texas Tech, Houston, Iowa State, and Arizona State.

"SMU is a really good school and we have a player, Kurt Lambert, who is thinking about going there. We're going to find out more about SMU."

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