Running backs: A-
While some positions were
hurt by the late coaching change that took place in Mid-December,the running
back positions were not one of them.
Ole Miss graduated both of its starting fullbacks this past season in Lorenzo Townsand and Rick Razzano.. And with only one scholarship fullback returning next season, Jason Cook, we all knew this year's fullback crop was classified as an "emergency need" position.
Bingo, the Rebels landed two of the South's best fullbacks in Antonio Turner out of Edgewater (FL) and Kendrick Perry out of Amite (LA). Kendrick could actually play some tailback too, so that equation has yet to be finalized for good. But know this, Perry would make a heck of a fullback and Turner is already there.
The tailback position at Ole Miss currently lacks a home run hitter, or as Coach Orgeron says, "touchdown maker". If there is one that fits that bill, it is Marcus Green out of Bastrop (LA). Marcus is in the lines of the John Avery type who can stop and go on a dime and get to the corner quicker than you can bat your eye. He is just what the doctor ordered.
Green (RB, Bastrop, LA) - Listed as 5' 10", 170. Three-time 1st
Team All-State selection who also was named All-District four years ... Was
named Offensive Player of the Year for State and District ... Ranked No. 18
on Louisiana Top 40 by SuperPrep .. Named to New Orleans Times-Picayune Top
20 team and Baton Rouge Advocate Top 24 team in Louisiana ... Was pre-season
All-Region by PrepStar magazine ... As a senior, rushed for 1,725 yards and
18 TDs and had 27 pass receptions for 270 yards ... Also had 20 punt returns
for 506 yards and seven TDs and two kickoff returns for scores ... As a junior,
rushed for 1,950 yards and scored 30 touchdowns ... Helped lead Bastrop High
to four straight district titles ... Earned four letters in football ... Coached
in high school by Brad Bradshaw ... Also picked up four letters in basketball
and four in track ... Averaged 12 points in basketball and was a second team
All-District selection ... PERSONAL: Son of Lyneita and Earnest Leopold
... Full name is Macus Kentrill Green ... Born: January 14, 1986.
BRAD BRADSHAW QUOTE
"They will love him on the practice field. As far as the fans outlook, his ability to make people miss will stand out to them," said Bastrop Coach Nick Bradshaw. "Marcus has great vision and quick feet and just has that knack at getting into the endzone. He is a highly competitive kid who is also bright. He has to be both to be competitive on the next level because of his size. But I look for him to make a big impact in the SEC very soon. The kid just knows how to play the game. I really believe he will be better in college than he was in high school. I envision him as a 185-pounder. With his toughness, he'll do very well."
"He's a difference maker in terms of speed. He can score from anywhere and can make you miss. We have some big backs - we wanted a Reggie Bush kind of guy. Don't know if we got that, but that's what Marshay could be if he develops like we anticipate."
Amite, LA) - Listed as 6-2, 219 - Selected 1st Team All-State by the Louisiana
Sports Writers Association and Class 3A Offensive Most Valuable Player ... Rated
by Tom Lemming/ESPN as the No. 23 fullback in the country ... Ranked as the
No. 9 overall player in Louisiana by SuperPrep magazine..Selected No. 89 overall
on South Hot 100 list by Scout.com ... Named to Orlando Sentinel All-Southern
team ... Named to Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen Team ... All-District
selection who was also named District Most Valuable Player ... Was MVP in state
championship game and also Class 3A state MVP ... As a senior, rushed for 2,136
yards and 31 touchdowns ... Career statistics included 4,576 yards and 79 touchdowns
... Earned four letters in football ... Coached in high school by Donald Currier
... Also lettered three times in basketball ... Averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds
per game ... Was second team All-State selection in basketball as well as District
Most Valuable Player ... PERSONAL: Son of Delores and Oscar Perry ... Born:
February 19, 1987.
DONALD CURRIER QUOTE
""First of all, Kendrick is an excellent kid who comes from a strong Christian family and good background. He's grounded," said Amite Coach Donald Currier. "Second, he is an outstanding athlete. He was second-team All-State in hoops his junior year and has started for us at tailback in our one-back set for four years. He gained over 5,000 yards in his career and we were State Champs this year due largely to his contributions. Kendrick has great vision for cuts and excellent quickness. He is bright, has great hands and is a competitor. He's also a strong kid. He's not a 4.4 guy, but when he breaks into the open I have never seen him caught from behind - he takes it all the way. I think he is an excellent player who will be a quality SEC back and maybe more than that. A lot of it is up to him because his talents are God-given and abundant."
ED ORGERON QUOTE
"At USC, we had a one-two punch at running back. Scatback Reggie Bush and a bigger back in Lyndell White. This year, we signed Marcus Green as our scatback and Kendrick as our big back. We are excited about both. I don't know if you can call them Bush or White yet, but that is our hope."
Turner (RB, Orlando, FL)
- Listed as 6-1, 223. Played at Edgewater High in Orlando, Fla. - 1st Team All-Orange
County pick who was ranked No. 24 in Florida by Scout.com and the No. 58 running
back in the nation ... Ranked No. 73 in Florida by The Orlando Sentinel.
As a senior, had 1,010 yards rushing on 160 carries and 16 touchdowns ... Over
final two seasons, rushed for over 1,900 yards and scored 33 touchdowns ...
Coached in high school by Bill Gierke ... PERSONAL: Son of Laverne Turner
and DaWayne Thomas ... Born: April 20, 1987.
BILL GIERKE QUOTE
"Antonio was a starter at fullback for me," said Edgewater Coach Bill Gierke. "All three years of his high school football we made it to the final game of the state championship. He had a really great senior year for us. Our last two games of the season we lost out tailback to an ankle injury. Antonio moved to that spot and had two games of more than 100 yards rushing. He's competitive, he's athletic, and he comes from a great family. He's a versatile kid who's very strong. He's a big guy who can block, and he's not afraid to mix it up. He has great hands and can catch the ball out of the backfield, which is what coaches are looking for. He could be a great one-back as well."
ED ORGERON QUOTE
"Our squad is short on big, physical fullbacks. From everything we've seen on film, Antonio fills that need to a tee. I also liked his personality on his official visit. He's excited about football."
The one who got away:
Just the name Richy Rich would have been fun covering, but Ricky not only has a flashy name, he has a flashy game. Ricky signed with North Carolina.