Coming into the 2015 season, Durham (N.C.) Southern had to replace three players who signed with Division I programs. So how did the Spartans reach the NCHSAA 3AA Championship for the second time in two years? By relying on North Carolina midterm enrollee Jordon Brown.
Brown, a 5-foot-11, 186-pound running back, coupled quick footwork and balance to rush for 1,717 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also finished third on the team with 29 catches for 505 yards and five more TDs. And when starting quarterback Jalen Greene suffered a season-ending injury, Brown filled in and threw for 476 yards and four scores.
While his throwing ability is nice, it was the aforementioned footwork, balance, and receiving ability that had UNC coaches projecting Brown to play the running back/A-back role within its offense (a la T.J. Logan).