'13 Intro: Acadiana LB/DE Claude George

Acadiana captured the Louisiana Class 5A state championship in 2010 and the Rams don't intend to slow down this fall, either. Sophomore Claude George, who racked up 10.5 sacks last year, will be one of the top returning players for Acadiana. Learn more about George right here.

"I spent most of my time at defensive end last season, but I may see action at linebacker this year," said Claude George (6-1, 205). "I can even play safety, because I have good speed. I ran a 4.67 at the New Orleans Under Armour Combine, but I've been timed recently at 4.63.

"Last year, I wasn't a full-time starter until the beginning of the playoffs. I eventually pushed the senior starter out of the lineup with my play in the regular season. The first-round playoff game against East St. John was my breakout game."

Acadiana entered the playoffs as the No. 27 seed after being forced to forfeit a handful of games due to an ineligible player (a backup who only saw action in blowout wins).

Without the forfeits, Acadiana would have likely been a top five seed. However, the Rams embraced the adversity and promptly ran roughshod through the postseason competition.

Along the way, they beat then-undefeated St. Paul's in the quarterfinals; avenged a regular-season loss to previously-unbeaten St. Thomas More in the semis; and ended defending state champion West Monroe's 29-game winning streak in the finals.

George made a crucial fumble recovery in the state title game which turned things around in terms of momentum.

West Monroe - leading by one - had the ball deep in Acadiana territory in the fourth quarter, but George snatched up a fumble to set up a quick scoring drive that put his team ahead to stay.

"I had 40 tackles and 10.5 sacks for the season," said George. "We can go to the Dome again this year. We just have to work harder. Our entire front seven is back on defense; all four defensive linemen and the whole linebacking corps."

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