Target 2005: Roy Upchurch

Tallahassee Godby tailback Roy Upchurch started out slowly last year. He had just transfered from a 1-A high school and it took a while to get in synch with the rest of the offense.

"He really struggled early on but about midway through the season he really turned it on and rushed for over 100 yards each game down the stretch," Godby coach Shelton Crews said.

Godby defeated cross-town rival Lincoln this past year, 35-27. This was the first game that powerhouse Lincoln had lost to another school in Tallahassee since 1999. Upchurch paced the Cougar running attack with 112 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown.

Upchurch received his first offer from North Carolina, but it probably won't be his last; he has good size and blazing speed.

"I really like North Carolina," Upchurch said. "My buddy Del Roberts passes me messages about North Carolina all the time. He says things like they are looking at you real hard and they really want you. I plan on camping up there this summer to check it out as well as Miami and maybe Florida."

Distance is not a factor according to Upchurch.

"I just want to find a place where I can play and enjoy school," he said. "It really isn't important to me to get early playing time either."

Not only is distance not a factor, but apparently, neither are the Noles.

"I grew up a Miami fan. so going to Florida State is not something I am particularly interested in," said Upchurch.

Upchurch said he would like to major in veterinary medicine. He is looking for a school where he can get a good education and a place where he can be happy as a person.

"This will be a place where I will spend four or five years of my life so I want to look at everything, not just football."

Upchurch is a special kid on the football field, but he may be even more special off the field. Each year around Christmas time, he and his mother collect gifts for the elderly in and around Tallahassee. "It is something my grandmother used to do," Upchurch said. "When my grandmother passed away, my mother and I thought it would be a great way to serve the community and honor her memory."

Roy Upchurch
Age: 18
Ht: 6-1
40-time: 4.35 (10.6 100m)
Carries: 142
Yards: 856
TDs: 8 rushing and 2 receiving

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