Bradley improves on times, back to football

Derrick Bradley just finished up his track season for the Kamiak Knights, so you would assume the 5-9, 178-pounder from Mukilteo would take some time off, relax, enjoy the rest of his school year and then get back to football. You would have assumed wrong.

"We just had our first day of football camp today," Bradley told last night. "It was kind of cool. Some of the other guys' legs were tired, so I was running circles around them." (laughs) Derrick mentioned a few players to watch out for this fall. "Sam Himmelman, Taylor Wade, Whitney (Wilson)," he said. "And Gary Rogers, our quarterback. He's going to be a good one."

Running circles around people should come pretty naturally for Derrick. He's been doing it for a long time. As a sophomore, he was 5th in state in the 4A 100 meters and 3rd in the 200. Last Friday and Saturday, Bradley headed south to Tacoma and the Lincoln Bowl to try for a rare 100-200 double-double.

"My legs were a little sore and I wasn't drinking as much," Derrick said of his 3rd place finish in the 100 meters and runner-up placement in the 200. "I was drinking a lot more water at districts."

His 100 meter time of 10.97 placed him third behind Kamiakin's frosh phenom Leon Jackson. "Man, he's tall," Derrick said. "He had to be 6-3 or something like that. He caught up to me and at 50 or 60 meters just pulled away." He ran a 22.38 200 meters, losing by four-hundredths of a second to Puyallup's Cody Ellis.

Back to football. Derrick doesn't mind going right back into things, especially with the month he's had. "Coach (Mack) has me doing iron man, doing kickoffs, kickoff returns, punts and punt returns," he said. "Everything but kicking field goals."

He acknowledges the transition isn't necessarily an easy one to do. "In track, you have to use a different set of muscles," Bradley said. "It's also a lot different mentally too."

Well, whatever he's been doing it's been effective. Colleges from the Northwest have certainly taken notice. "Oregon, Idaho State, U-Dub, Oregon State and Washington State came by," Derrick said of the school that made KHS a must-do destination. "Coach told me that Nebraska called about me too." He currently has offers from Washington, Washington State, Oregon and Idaho.

Derrick has always acknowledged a preference for staying as close to home as possible. With scholarship offers from three Northwest Pac-10 schools, that is going to make his decision easy on the one hand, and tougher on the other. In short, he's been getting the attention he wants. "I'm not going to jump in right away," he said. "I'm looking at the people above me at the different schools. I'm probably going to go with my gut feel. I'm just not sure, but I think I'm going to make a decision in June."

He further elaborated that he'll probably pull the trigger after he finishes his camps. Bradley will be attending the Oregon NIKE camp June 8th and then the Husky camp from the 22nd through the 25th. "I'm also thinking about the Oregon and Washington State camps, but I'm not sure about them yet," he said.

So who has been showing the most interest? "Mostly U-Dub and Wazzu," Derrick said. "U-Dub's been telling me that they don't see me going anywhere past 45th Avenue. (laughs). Wazzu's been telling me that they have a good program and that they make hits, make plays."

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