2007 Intro: Patrick Mills

Last season, a strong offense led Ettrick (Va.) Matoaca to an 11-2 record and the AAA Division 5 State Semifinals. Although the Warriors boasted division I-A recruit Kris Burd at wide out, it was tailback Patrick Mills that made the offense so dangerous.

A 5-foot-9, 171-pounder who owns a 4.31-forty time, Mills rushed for 1,689 yards, 27 touchdowns, and two two-point conversions. He accounted for almost 40 percent of Matoaca's points last season.

"Well, it's like I say, I'm an ‘all of the above runner,'" said Mills. "I can shake and bake like Reggie Bush, but I can run over you, too. I'm strong and fast. I can be an every down back."

After taking home just about every honor possible including All-Central Region Offensive Player-of-the-Year, college coaching staffs have taken notice – especially North Carolina.

"I'm hearing a lot from the University of North Carolina, LSU, and a little from UVa and N.C. State," said Mills. "North Carolina has sent more correspondence and interest than other schools and they want me to visit. They invited me to the camps and some of the spring practices. I heard it was a beautiful campus and an excellent school to go to."

Although some college coaching staffs have talked about moving him to the secondary, Mills plans to stay put at tailback.

"I just want to play running back," said Mills. "It's just that I've been playing running back since I was five years old, so I'm comfortable there."

The return of both Burd and Mills has Matoaca dreaming of an AAA State Championship in 2006.

"We are going to be pretty strong, hopefully a state championship qualifying team," said Mills. "My biggest goal this season is for 2,000 yards and to make first team all-state and a state title."

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