Guyton Carrying the Load

When Houston Lamar running back Kalvin Guyton verbally committed to head coach Mike Sherman in the offseason, he was a bit of a mystery man to recruiting observers and Aggie fans. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound prospect had not been the featured runner at Lamar in his career, and many wondered if he was nothing more than a third down back or even a slot receiver.

Well, Guyton has put that mystery to rest this season, despite the limited schedule so far due to Hurricane Ike. In his last two games, he has carried the ball 63 times for 329 yards and four touchdowns. On top of that, opponents are crowding the box to stop the short, powerful ball carrier.

"I've enjoyed being the featured runner this year," Guyton said. "Most of my yards come between the tackles and the defenses are filling the box with 8-9 defenders to stop me. But my line does a good job and I'm running as hard as I can."

Some wonder whether a 5-foot-9 running back can handle the 30 carries a game and take the constant pounding up the middle. Guyton says he enjoys grinding out the tough yards and believes he's up to the task when his team calls upon him to carry a big load in the game.

"It's no big deal. I feel I get stronger with each carry," Guyton said. "I don't get tired at all during the game. After the game, I may feel the bumps and bruises a little bit like any player, but I'm not wearing down with all of these carries."

The Texas A&M coaching staff isn't surprised by Guyton's production this season. They targeted the Redskin runner early in the recruiting process as a prospect with excellent balance and hands with a great combination of power and speed. The staff stays in close contact with their running back commit and they are looking for early contributions as a freshman in 2009.

"Coach Malone calls me all the time and Coach Sherman calls me some too," Guyton said. "He says they are getting better with the west coast offense and they will be really good. He said they need to shore up the defense more and recruit some more speed for the future."

The A&M staff wants the Houston native to work hard in the offseason and be ready to contribute once he steps on the campus in College Station.

"Coach Sherman said if I came in ready to compete that I have the skills to contribute next year as a freshman," Guyton said. "They need somebody with both speed and power to get those tough yards between the tackles."

Guyton stated that he's 100% solid to Texas A&M and is not looking at any other schools. He hasn't been able to attend an A&M game so far, but hopes to make it for the Kansas State game next week. In the meantime, district continues for the Redskins as they face Houston Westside this weekend.

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