All-WSC Running Back Darryl Crummie

You've heard this story before. At 5-7 and 175 pounds, Los Angeles Southwest College player Darryl Crummie is the perfect size for a horse jockey but not for a running back. Right? Wrong. Crummie was one of the leading rushers in the Western State Conference last year.

As a senior at Dominguez High School in LA, he racked up 745 yards and 13 touchdowns. An ankle injury cost him five games.

With players like Reggie Bush and Barry Sanders as role models, he is determined to prove everyone wrong about his size. "If they asked me to play cornerback at the next level, I would. But my heart is at running back."

"I didn't pass my SAT's, so I wasn't heavily recruited out of high school."  Then he met Asst. Coach Cornell Ward. "Coach Ward sold me on Southwest. I'm now doing really well academically, and I'm looking forward to the season."

With only a couple more classes left to graduate, Division I coaches will soon come a courtin'. They'll be impressed by his strength and his 4.3 time in the 40, but his biggest asset might be his elusiveness. "Defensive backs have told me they can't get a clean hit on me." Crummie rushed for 952 yards on 169 carries in 2005 and ended up first team All-Western State Conference last year.

He's interested in playing in the PAC-10, perhaps at Washington, Arizona, or Cal, but his big dream is to fill some small shoes in LA. "I'd love to stay home and play for USC," he said. "I really think I could be the next Reggie Bush."

In addition to running between the tackles, academics are important to this criminal justice major. "I'd like to go to a school that has an excellent program."

Crummie's favorite play is called Smash. "I line up ten yards behind the line, the tight end goes in motion, and then the fullback leads and I just fly into the defense."

The most influential person in Crummie's life just happens to where the same color shirt on the field. His brother, Willie, is a cornerback. "Willie took some time off to help our family financially. Now that things are in better shape, I convinced him to join the team."

In the months to come, look for Darryl Crummie to be smashing soon into a line of scrimmage near you.


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