Fogerson is ready to carry the load

As a senior, O'Dea athlete Johri Fogerson was the man who carried the load for the Irish. He rushed for over 2,500 yards and notched 36 touchdowns at running back while being named the Washington State 3A player of the year by pretty much every publication in the state. Now, as he finishes up his final year of high school he's been working hard to get his body ready for what lies ahead.

"I've been working out really hard and doing track has helped keep me in shape," Fogerson said earlier this week. "I'm going to state in both the high jump and the long jump and it should be fun over there."

Fogerson left for Pasco this weekend, ready to compete in both events and he said he's looking forward to his last high school competition, but he's also looking forward to getting to Montlake to begin his Husky football career.

"I've had fun in high school, but I'm ready to get to college and I'm really looking forward to it," Forgerson said. "I mean, how can you not be looking forward to what I have ahead of me? I have a chance to play in front of my friends and family and we are going to be good next year and I think a lot of the guys in (the 2008) class are going to contribute and I feel like I have a chance to come in and prove that I can play at this level."

Fogerson said he's now tipping the scales at a solid 215 pounds and that he recently posted a 4.38 forty time.

"I do speed drills all the time," Fogerson said. "I've worked really hard on my legs and it's paying off for me.

"Back in like March there were a couple times when I could barely feel my legs because I was working them so hard, but I've got my legs back under me and it's really helped me improve in that area."

Fogerson said the Huskies have told him they want him to start his career at running back and that's where he intends to stay.

"I want to help the team however I can," Fogerson said. "I'm going in as a running back and I want to show people can play that at the next level."

The NCAA Clearinghouse has already signed off on Fogerson and he expects to report to Washington for the Summer Bridge Program on July 6th.

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