Rowells is a workhorse for Redwoods

One of the top JC backs returning for the 2008 season will be Redwoods RB Lyndon Rowells (5-10, 198). This year, the playmaking runner from northern California is focused and ready to make his mark on the California JUCO scene.

"I can do anything a team needs me to do to win," Rowells told recently. "I can run inside; outside; run out of the ‘I'; run out of the spread. I can catch the ball or block. I wanted to be an all-around back and that's really what I worked toward last year."

Rowells prepped at Seminole High School in Seminole, Florida, but didn't have the SAT scores to get into a four-year school so he and a friend planned to head to Redwoods after they graduated.

"Milo Mitchell is my buddy and he was all set to come out here so he got me to join him," Rowells said. "I got in, but his paperwork got messed up so he was delayed until winter quarter. He's here now though and we're having fun."

To say he had fun during his first season of college football would be an understatement.

Rowells finished with 1,384 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2007, while chipping in 22 receptions and 215 yards and two scores as a receiver out of the backfield. He was named First Team All-Bay Valley Conference for his efforts.

"I had a good year, but I'm planning on bigger things this fall," Rowells said. "I've been working on my strength and my speed and just becoming an even better all-around back."

On the recruiting front, with Rowells being from the east coast, it would make sense he would be looking to head back that way, but he said that isn't necessarily the case.

"I'd love to go back to Florida, but I'm open to everyone," Rowells said. "USC was here last year looking at a safety of ours and they told my coaches they liked what I had to offer and said they'd be looking at me this year.

"Oregon State is the other school so far looking at me. Their coaches are cool and they always have good backs there so I'm pretty excited about them."

Rowells will finish his two-year degree in December and he said he will have three years to play two when he arrives on campus.

We'll continue to track Rowells' progress over the coming weeks and months and update things as news changes.

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