Future Coug races past 2,000 yards

DON'T BLINK OR you might miss him. Rickey Galvin, future Cougar running back, ripped off yet another 200-plus yardage effort this past weekend, pushing his senior season and East Bay leading total beyond the 2,000 yard mark. He also talked to Washington State running backs coach Steve Broussard after Berkeley High's playoff victory, and Bruiser had a message for him.

Rickey Galvin (5-8, 172, 4.5) has now played in 10 games for Berkeley (10-1) this season. He's rushed for more than 200 hashes in eight of them and his average stands at 214 yards per game.

On Saturday, Galvin rushed for 223 yards and a touchdown as Berkeley ran over San Leandro 38-7 on the way to their first playoff game victory in 23 years. Galvin now has scored 24 TD's on the season.

Galvin said Broussard congratulated him after the win.

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"Then he told me to take a little rest after the season and then get right back at it and get ready for ('10) up there," said Galvin.

It was very similar to what Paul Wulff told Galvin the day he pledged crimson.

"Coach Wulff was excited. And he said, 'Rickey, after your season, you've got to get into the weight room and get ready for our season," said Galvin earlier this month.

Galvin, who verbally committed to Washington State on Nov. 3, said he's not interested in hearing from other schools trying to get back into the mix.

"That's how I want to keep it, I'm solid," said Galvin.

GALVIN ENTERED HIS senior season listed at 5-8, 172 pounds and might project out to, say, a 5-9, 195-pounder in college. He's been timed in the 40 at 4.5.

But his strength numbers are more indicative of a considerably larger player.

Galvin squats 500 pounds and benches 335.

For comparison purposes, consider Scout.com's No. 21 rated outside linebacker prospect in the nation, Chris Young (6-1, 215). According to the Tacoma News Tribune, he bench presses 315 pounds.

The No. 3 offensive guard prospect in the land, Nick Rowland checks in at 6-4.5, 295 pounds. His squat, according to Scout.com, is 485 pounds.

Young is verbally committed to Washington, Rowland has given his oral commitment to Oregon.

Galvin's prep coach compares him most in style and form to Darren Sproles, who put up large rushing totals at Kansas State and who like Jerome Harrison, another "small" back who was an All-American at Washington State, is now in the NFL.

Galvin and No. 5 Berkeley next take on No. 4 Monte Vista and arguably the East Bay's top passer, UCLA commit Brett Nottingham, on Saturday night in the quarterfinals. If Berkeley wins, a likely meeting with No. 1 De La Salle in the semis looms for the first weekend in December.

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