Mann is ready to run wild in 2013

Even though he played most of the 2012 football season on a bum ankle, Hartnell RB DeAndre Mann (5-10, 205) still managed to put up 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground. This offseason the talented ball-carrier has been hard at work, preparing for what he hopes is an even better sophomore season in the fall...

"I just sorta tweaked my ankle in the like the first or second game of the season and it really never totally healed until after we were done and I could rest it," Mann told earlier this week. "It hurt, but it wasn't that bad, but I didn't feel like I had the burst I normally do and I couldn't push off like normal, so that should help me a lot this fall when I'm totally healthy."

In addition to the 1,098 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, Mann also showed off his receiving skills by hauling in 22 receptions for 306 yards and another score in helping lead Hartnell to a 6-4 record.

"I love running between the tackles, but I have enough speed to get outside and break it if the opening is there," Mann said. "I can run over you or shake you or make you miss in the open field, so I sorta feel like I can do it all out there.

"This offseason I've been working on my blocking and becoming a more complete back. I love to catch the ball out of the backfield and I run pretty well, but in order to play every down, you have to be a complete back and do everything they need you to do."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Mann knows there are several schools looking at him, but he doesn't have the specifics just yet.

"Our coaches like us to focus on school and getting ready for our season, so they handle most of the recruiting unless offers start coming in," Mann said. "Right now I don't have any offers, but my coaches have said a bunch of schools are asking about me and asking for film and transcripts, so I think I could be close to some, but I'm not sure which ones are looking at me at this point."

Mann has had a long journey, literally, to get to this point in his football career. He was a standout prep at Miami (Fl.) Killian and initially signed with Tennessee Martin, but he wanted to give himself the chance to play at a higher level, so he opted to head out to Hartnell and see if he could find a home with an FBS program.

"I had a friend out here at Hartnell and he said it was a great place to be and after I checked it out I really liked the staff and felt it was a great place for me," Mann said.

He is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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