DEJI KARIM Putnam City North Running back 5-10, 185, 4.4 <BR><BR> After starting four games as a sophomore in 2002, Karim was expected to live up to Putnam City North's long line of stellar running backs. Instead, he exceeded those expectations. "We've been known to have some great tailbacks here at North," said PCN coach Bob Wilson. "And Deji is the most versatile back I've ever coached. He can do so many different things from different positions."

The junior was Class 6A's sixth-leading rusher with 1,254 yards and 20 touchdowns by land (23 TDs total). He also averaged 7.25 yards per carry. Adding to the versatility Wilson spoke of, Karim has both the size and speed to go inside or out.

"I'm more elusive than a power runner," said Karim. "But I'll go through you if I need to. But, for the most part, I'm a guy that will make you miss."

College coaches haven't missed out on the Panthers' star runner. Most of the Big 12 schools are after him, with Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Kansas leading the way with Karim.

"He just has great skills," said Wilson. "And he keeps getting better and better as he gets older." After a 6-5 season in 2003, Karim figures more personal success will result in more team success.

"My goals for my senior year are to do whatever I can to make my team go. To make the team better."

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