"I'm going to be playing straight running back," said Bourque. "I like that a lot. The coaches have told me to expect 20-to-25 carries a game. They said that I'm going to be the quarterhorse and I love that."
What solidified the decision of the coaches to keep Bourque, who compares his running style to former SMU great Eric Dickerson, at running back?
"I stayed in the weight room when I wasn't playing AAU basketball this summer," he said. "I'm around 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, and I've gotten stronger and faster -- like a pure running back.
"In practice, I've been working on my pass protection, picking the right holes, and coming off the right blocks when I carry the football. We're going to be running some spread option, with an offense that's similar to Florida's."
In the season opener, Crowley has an Interstate 10 showdown with Jennings, which features its own offensive standout in dual-threat QB Bryson Abraham.
"I'm ready," said Bourque. "I've seen our team practicing and we just need to come out strong. We have a couple of receivers that have been catching the ball well: 6-foot-6 Dillon Montgomery and another player who is 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5.
"The schools (Crowley and Jennings) are located close together, and we should be banging all night in that game. We play Erath this week in the jamboree and I'm also ready for that."
This summer, Bourque's AAU basketball team won its second national championship.
"We went 9-1 in the tournament, with our only loss coming by two points to a team from New York," he said. "In the championship game, we were down by 15, but our point guard, who is from Washington-Marion (Lake Charles), led our comeback.
"He's a pure shooter and we were running a pick and roll that gave him some open looks. We ended up winning by 11 points."
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