Inside The Numbers : Jameel Poteat

Bishop McDevitt running back Jameel Poteat is without a doubt one of the top running backs in the state and the nation. Obvious statement, sure. If Poteat wasn't so sought after, would he have ever neared 50 Division-1 scholarship offers at one point in his recruiting process and been ranked as a four-star prospect as the 15th-best running back in the country in the 2011 class?

At 5'11, 200 pounds and clocking a 4.48 40, those are some of the easy numbers to glean about the Crusaders' featured tailback. Here are some numbers from Poteat's high school football career you might not have been aware of:

466: Poteat has amassed 466 carries in two seasons as McDevitt's starting tailback. He toted the rock 197 times as a sophomore and 269 times as a junior.

2,972: Poteat's career rushing yardage total – reached by running for 1,308 yards as a sophomore and 1,664 yards as a junior. An average season for Poteat checks in at around 1,486 yards.

2ND: Among the top returning backs returning to District 3 for the 2010 season, Poteat's 2,972 rushing yards rank as the second-best career rushing yardage total. Only Cocalico High School's senior fullback Austin Hartman (3,169 yards) has a better total than the McDevitt star, and Hartman is the beneficiary of playing in a Veer offense.

114.30: In 26 career varsity games, Poteat has averaged over 114 rushing yards per game. In those two seasons, Bishop McDevitt has posted an overall record of 22-4 (.846). 48: Poteat has scored 48 career touchdowns (42 rushing, 6 receiving).

15: Poteat has surpassed the 100-yard mark in rushing yardage in 15 games, or 57.6 percent of his career games. Poteat has run for more than 200 yards in a game twice – both 200-yard games came in his junior season.

12: Poteat has scored at least two rushing touchdowns in 12 games – four as a sophomore and eight as a junior. He had a string of six consecutive games of two or more rushing touchdowns during the 2009 season.

10,566: In the last two seasons, Bishop McDevitt has accumulated 10,566 yards of total offense (5,389 passing, 5,177 rushing).

Poteat has accounted for 28.12 percent of Bishop McDevitt's total offensive output. He's second to QB Matt Johnson, a Bowling Green commit who has accounted for 44.87 of the Crusaders' offensive output in that same span. In the last two years, McDevitt has averaged 406.38 yards of total offense and 40.5 points per game.

2: Poteat could become the second Bishop McDevitt running back to amass more than 4,000 career rushing yards – the other, LeSean "Shady" McCoy, had a brilliant career for Pitt and is now in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles. McCoy ran for more than 6,600 yards in his career for Bishop McDevitt, and Poteat is 3,668 yards shy of McCoy's school record. 22: Poteat is 1,028 yards shy of becoming the 22nd running back in District 3 history to run for more than 4,000 career yards. Given his average season rushing total of 1,486 yards, that puts Poteat on pace for 4,458 career rushing yards, good enough for 10th all-time in District 3, just 24 yards beyond former Littlestown back Jeremiah Collins' career total (4,434 yards). Collins graduated from Littlestown in 1998.

If Poteat surpasses Collins' career rushing total, it would give McDevitt two running backs among the top-10 rushers in District 3 history, a feat only one other school – Mechanicsburg – can claim, as Wildcat backs Ryan Priest (4,843 yards) and Dan Lewis (4,788 yards) currently rank 6th and 7th in district history, respectively.

27.73: In the last two football seasons, Bishop McDevitt has scored 1,053 total points (490 in 2008; 563 in 2009). Poteat has scored 292 (27.73 percent) of the Crusaders' 1,053 points in the last two football seasons. The Crusaders' second-best scoring threat from 2008 and 2009 is none other than current Pitt WR Salath Williams (174 points, 16.52 percent). 57.4: Of Bishop McDevitt's total rushing output for the 2008 and 2009 football seasons (5,177 yards), Poteat has accounted for 57.4 percent of that total. He accounted for 49.2 percent of the Crusaders' 2008 team rushing output and 66 percent of the Crusaders' 2009 rushing total. 43-12 (.781): The combined overall record of McDevitt's 2009 opponents Central Dauphin, State College Area (PIAA "AAAA" runner-up), Penn Manor and Cumberland Valley (PIAA "AAAA" state semifinalist). In those four games, Poteat ran for an impressive 738 yards and 10 touchdowns, averages of 184.5 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game.

This shows either a maturation by Poteat, better blocking from his offensive line, less stiffer opposing defenses or a combination of the elements. In 2008, McDevitt's four winningest opponents (State College Area, Erie McDowell, York-William Penn and Wilson-West Lawn) finished a combined 44-8 (.846), and Poteat only mustered a combined 285 rushing yards and three touchdowns in those games.

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