Acrey Hopes To Dent Opposing Defenses.

Big, bruising running backs are increasingly becoming a must in the spread and one-back offenses in today's college football and one of the best in the JC ranks this year is San Bernardino Valley College's Nathan Acrey (5-10, 225).

He's had to sit out the first two games of 2006 due to an Achilles injury that occurred during training camp, but he expects to take part in the rest of the season and his expectations couldn't be higher.

"I had a slight tear of it in camp so I've had to miss the first couple games, but I'll be out there this weekend," Acrey told recently.  "I think we can do really well this year and I still expect to get big yards this year – a thousand is my expectation."

Last year, in nine games, Acrey posted 547 yards on the ground with three touchdowns.

Acrey prepped at Redlands East Valley in Redlands, California and as a senior in high school he posted 1,500 yards on the ground, another 100 yards in receptions and 17 touchdowns.  He didn't have the grades to make it into a four-year school, so he decided to stay home and help establish a winning tradition with the Wolverines.

"I got recruited by a couple schools, but they knew I wouldn't qualify so they backed off," Acrey said.  "It's okay though.  I learned a hard lesson and now I'm ready to do well here and then take it to the next level."

Acrey's younger brother, Darrell, is playing at Boise State and so far the Broncos are the only schools to show interest, but Nathan said he expects that change very soon.

"I haven't gotten my tape out yet, but when I do I think I'll get quite a few looks," Acrey said confidently.  "I really like Boise State though.  The more talent they get there, they spread the field and really like to get players in space with the ball in their hands.  I think I do that pretty well.

"I'm a good blocker.  I have good vision, good speed (4.58) and I'm strong (22 reps at 225 pounds).  I don't go down with the first hit."

Acrey is on pace to graduate in December and will have three years to play two at the next level.  Wherever he ends up he said he wants to major in Business Administration.


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