After struggling to a 5-7 season last season, senior running back Marcus Helm hopes to help lead the Crimsons to a more successful season. "I'm not completely satisfied with last season and plan to show the state how great Manual's running backs are," said Helm.
Helm had a solid season last year with some big performances. He rushed for over 100 yards against national power Fort Thomas Highlands (Ky.) and also had 250 yards and three scores during the playoffs against Conner High and Simon Kenton. Helm hopes to continue that momentum and be the leader for his team.
"As the Captain of our team, I provide the heart, soul and brains of the operation," he said. "Also with our lack of depth in some positions, the coaching staff needs me to be versatile," continued Helm. "This upcoming season I will be playing tailback, fullback, wide receiver, kick returner and punt returner. So as a player I am versatile, solid with great hands and a knack for understanding the game better than most."
Helm currently runs the 40 consistently in the 4.5 range but hopes t build his speed to a 4.4 or better. He's been competing in track during the off season to help his speed.
"I performed well, showing my versatility, footwork and soft hands to both coaching staffs," he said.
Helm currently lists his top three schools as Louisville, Kentucky and Virginia. He is also hearing from Carson-Newman, Ashland, Murray State and Morehead State. He doesn't hold any offers right now, but he does talk about his favorites a little.
Kentucky: "Kentucky because of its great coach in Joker Phillips and his coaching staff. Larry Brinson is a phenomenal running back coach as well."
Louisville: " Louisville because they have always been my favorite team, considering my cousin Rashad Holman played for them; along with my mother attending the school as well."
Virginia: " Virginia fits my needs perfectly. I love the atmosphere and the school in general."
Helm doesn't have a time for decision, but he hopes to make his choice after his senior year so he can focus on his season this year. But he does know what he'll be looking for with each school.
"First and foremost I am looking for a school that will challenge me academically and has a major of Physical Therapy," he said. "Also the coaching staff, scheme and offense that fits my style of football," he finished.