PROFILE 2003: Sam Killingsworth (RB)

Studying has paid off for running back Sam Killingsworth of Ruleville, Miss. After watching and learning from some of the best rushers in the business, he's heading toward recognition as a competitive recruit

Killingsworth is a self described student of the game, and he credits his study habits as part of his success.

"It's a team game," said Killingsworth. "We're all out there to do a job. If you study the game, you can see things develop a little bit faster and you know when to let guys do their jobs. It really helps me with my reads because I like to be patient and let my blocks develop, then use my quickness. If you study the game enough, it really makes you a better football player."

While Killingsworth is quick to credit his teammates and his film study, there's no denying the sheer athletic ability that he brings to the table as well. At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds with a 4.4 forty, Killingsworth possesses the type of speed and explosion that are needed to accumulate nearly 3,000 yards of total offense as a junior.

"I try watch the guys at the pro level and see what I can learn from them," Killingsworth said. "I see guys like Marshall Faulk, Ed James, Cory Dillon, Duce Staley and Warrick Dunn, and it inspires me. I see them and say to myself, 'If they can go out there and do it at the pro level, why can't I do it at the high school level or the college level?'

"Warrick Dunn is my favorite player though. I like the way he can catch the ball out of the backfield and make people miss."

As expected, rushing  for 2,500 yards has brought some attention to Killingsworth. So who does he like early?

"LSU and Southern Miss are my two favorites," he said. "I'm going to camp with them for sure this summer.

"I'm also going to camp at Delta State, because for some reason I don't go D-1 (Division I), I'd like to go to a place like Delta State. I also like Ole Miss, Memphis, Tennessee, and Arkansas."

Killingsworth is expected to be in attendance at the Nike Camp in Tuscaloosa on April 27. He should be an even hotter commodity once he gets to compete with some of the top players in the south.

  • Comments: Explosive running back that is a good receiver out of the backfield.
  • Summer Camps: Nike Camp in Tuscaloosa, LSU, Southern Miss and Delta State.
  • Junior Stats: 2500 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns, 480 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.

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