Three-Headed Monster

When spring practice begins at Godby High in Tallahassee, Fla., head coach Shelton Crews predicts anywhere from 55 to 60 different colleges dropping by and watching, They will be represented by either their head coach or an assistant coach. Whoever it is, those coaches will be trying to get in good with running back British Footman.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Footman is receiving mail from some of the nation's top programs, including Notre Dame. Florida State has already offered a scholarship, and one from Arkansas could be coming soon according to Crews.

"(Florida head) coach (Urban) Meyer has been by, Clemson is interested, Maryland was in here (Tuesday), Ohio State was also here," Crews reeled off. "There won't be any shortage of places for him to go."

Last season, British Footman ran the ball 178 times for 1,296 yards (7.2 avg.) and 17 touchdowns, helping lead Godby High to a perfect 10-0 regular season, before bowing out in the first round of the state playoffs. Those numbers could've been a lot more impressive, but Footman split carries on his own accord with classmates Santwan Moore and Damion McGriff.

"One thing I will tell you about him, is he is a very unselfish player," Crews stated. "I had three running backs and him and the other two, they called themselves the three-headed monster. They were on a rotation based on themselves. that's how they did it in practice and in games. We'd go from two-back to one-back sets and they'd rotate each other. All three played fullback, tailback and could play in the one-back sets. Just along with British and the other two and their unselfishness, that really set the tone for the team. If British already had a touchdown and we were about to score, he moved to fullback and blocked, letting one of the other two score.

"Those three really, they have the ability to make a bunch of plays. It doesn't matter what two or one is in there, they all have the ability to make plays. British makes them better, and they make him better. Just a real fun group to coach."

While the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Moore and 5-foot-10, 230-pound McGriff are borderline Division-I recruits, Footman is a bona-fide stud. As a sophomore, he ran for 962 yards before breaking his leg a week before the state playoffs.

Hampered by an injury, Footman was going to be limited against rival Lincoln High, but on the game's first play he snuck out there for a toss play. Before the coaches realized anything, Footman carried the ball, was hit below the knee and broke his leg.

Back at full strength this past fall, Footman also returned a punt for a touchdown and averaged 21.5 yards per kick return on 12 attempts.

"He has a lot of god-given ability," Crews said. "He's got decent size, he's a little bit of everything. He is a little bit of a slasher, a little bit of a power runner. He has exceptional moves like a Reggie Bush, but not Reggie. He has the quickness, the stamina, the toughness."

Crews reports that Footman runs the 40-yard dash in 4.45, that he can bench press 255 pounds, and clean 255 pounds. Footman has a 2.5 GPA. Top Stories