On the field there are few players more impressive than 2016 Dakota Ridge running back Jeremy Lujan. Last season Lujan rushed for over 1,800 yards with 24 scores while averaging an impressive 8.3 yards a carry. Beyond his skill as a runner Lujan is a great receiver out of the backfield and a dangerous return man. This past season Lujan had 21 receptions and averaged over 20 yards per kickoff return.
Lujan, at 5-6 165 pounds, is not the prototypical back, but he is a bundle of muscle with quickness that is very difficult to bring down. Most impressive Lujan is a one cut runner, making a quick decision, planting his foot and getting north and south as he emerges from behind the line of scrimmage. Further, his low center of gravity allows him to run through arm tackles easily. Lujan reports a 4.5 forty and he shows very good quickness on the field, his yards per carry indicate his ability as a big threat. Lujan is scary in the screen game, sneaking out, hiding behind the line and then making a big play.
Due to his size colleges are not knocking down the door for his services, but there is little doubt he could contribute at the next level at the right college. Lujan’s Head Coach Ron Woitalewicz reports, "The biggest interest so far is from Lewis & Clark College. He is a very special back and even better person!”
Last season Dakota Ridge went 8-3 and with a strong core of returning skill players paced by Lujan, the Eagles look to improve and make a deep playoff run. Working with Lujan is senior signal caller Adam Clary, who threw for over 2,000 yards last season, will again work with his top target Connor Neyen.