Butte's Dennis poised for big 2011 season

After sharing duties in 2010, Butte RB Tromaine Dennis (6-0, 208) will be the feature back in the Roadrunners' attack this fall. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented ball-carrier recently and he updated us on things including his running style and why he's so hard to bring down...

Dennis enjoyed a solid prep career at Dickinson (Jersey City, NJ) High School, but he was unable to qualify for a D-1 football scholarship so he headed west to continue playing and is now poised for a big sophomore season.

"My coach knew coach (Robbie) Snelling already and he told me that was the school I needed to be at," Dennis told JCFootball.com. "They play against some great teams out here and they had won the National Championship pretty recently, so it was a good move for me, but it's a lot different out here compared to the east coast."

As a freshman, Dennis backed up Travis Davidson to start the season, but when the latter got hurt, the former took over and never looked back.

"Once Travis got dinged up, Tromaine took over and he was outstanding for us," Snelling said recently. "I think he only played a half a game when he finally got in and he rushed for something like 80 or 90 yards in only a half.

"Once Travis came back, they shared carries, but Tromaine really showed us what he could do.

"He's just a physical runner and he's at his best between the tackles, but I think he's faster than people think he is.

"A good comparison is Alex Green who we had a couple years ago and he ended up at Hawaii and now just got drafted by Green Bay in the third round. Alex is probably a little faster, but Tromaine is probably a little more powerful and that's saying a lot because Alex was pretty powerful."

Dennis hasn't heard from many schools so far, but Snelling said he expects that to pick up this fall once teams see him more.

"We had a lot of schools come through and a few asked about him," Snelling said. "Arkansas was really the only one that asked a lot about him, but I expect that to change once teams see him play this fall and what he can really do when he gets most of the carries."

"I'll do whatever I have to do to help my team win," Dennis said. "If that means I have to catch the ball, then I'll do that or if I have to block, I'll do that.

"I love carrying the ball and I just want to improve every day -- my quickness, my explosiveness, stuff like that -- so that I can be the best player I can be and show people what I can do."

Dennis is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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