Landry Rolls

When you're a senior and the starting RB in a one-back set, then it would be likely that it's your time to hog the spotlight. However, that's not always the case

3A Catholic (New Iberia) Sr. RB Tyler Landry (5-10, 160) had a banner year rushing the football for the Panthers - racking up nearly 1,200 yards (through 11 games) on 150 carries with 12 TDs.

However, the senior mostly toiled in the shadows of teammate and LSU commit Ryan St. Julien, who played QB and WR on offense. With a blue-chip teammate getting most of the recognition, Landry's big season didn't stand out as much as it should have in the media.

Take into consideration that Landry broke off a 69-yard TD run (on which he turned the corner and was gone) early in the game versus a very strong Teurlings Catholic squad (that reached the 4A quarterfinals). In addition, Landry (4.6) burst free for a 57-yard TD vs. Church Point, which had "the best rushing defense, along with Lutcher," that he faced all season.

It was, in fact, Lutcher which eventually ended the Panthers' season in the first-round of the 3A playoffs. It was a bittersweet year in some ways for Landry and Catholic, which entered the year with higher aspirations than a 5-6 mark.

But the quiet senior mostly shrugs it off.

"We got worn out as the season went on," said Landry. "We had a bunch of guys - especially linemen - going both ways and it started to take its toll (as the season progressed)."

Not only a good runner, Landry also caught 12 passes on the year for 250 yards (over 20 yards per catch) and one TD.

"Tyler is an effective slasher - that gets the tough yards for us between the tackles," said first-year Catholic head coach Craig Brodie, who knows talent (having coached LSU WR Jared Mitchell and former University of Houston RB Randall Antoine), "and he also has the speed to get outside."

Landry is mulling over the prospect of possibly attracting some college attention at one of the combines that are usually held during the winter and spring. Of course, with National Signing Day in February, the clock is ticking.

Again, the laid-back and modest senior shrugs. While he would like to play college football, he'll regardless enroll at UL if nothing shakes out on the football front.

"I'm not worried about it (playing in college)," Landry said. "If it happens, it happens."

That same laissez-faire approach initially caused Brodie to question the young man's dedication.

"I had heard that Landry wasn't a hard worker," Brodie said, "so when I got here, I pulled him out of class and we talked. It turned out to be untrue."

Brodie and any other football coach would benefit greatly from having 11 unsung starters like Tyler Landry on their squad.

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