Injury won't keep Bakersfield's Estill down

After suffering a terrible injury at the hands of a drunk driver, Bakersfield RB Ben Estill (5-11, 220) still hopes to sign with a school even as he recovers. got the full scope of the talented Renegade runner's injury, his prognosis for recovery and how he feels he could fit into any offense as long as he gets a chance to play…

On December 21st, Estill was doing what he always did, driving himself around delivering papers when his life as well as his football career were put in jeopardy.

"I had a paper route that I used to do to earn money and I got hit by a drunk driver," Estill told "It broke the femur in my right leg and I was in the hospital for four days and then was out for Christmas Day and was at home with my family.

"I have a titanium rod in my leg and some pins and I'm walking now, but it's about a six to eight month recovery so it would really be pushing it for me to be ready for next season."

Estill has already burned his redshirt plus two years of his eligibility, so he has to find a team or program willing to give him a chance so he can apply for a Medical Hardship with the NCAA.

"I'm just being patient and hoping things work out," Estill added.

As a prep at Taft Union, Estill was a solid prospect, but didn't get a lot of recruiting attention, so he decided to go the JC route and Bakersfield was the natural choice.

"It's real close to Taft, so that made it a pretty easy decision," Estill said. "I mean, the program is great, the staff is great and I was close to home so, it was perfect."

However, even thought it was a good fit for him, Estill had to bide his time until he could see some carries and this year, as a redshirt sophomore, he put up big numbers rushing for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns for a team that went 10-2 before losing in the first round of the playoffs to Mt. San Antonio.

"I played more out of the one-back or the ‘I', but honestly I will play wherever," Estill noted. "I mean, I could play fullback or H-back or be a one-back if a team needs me to do that. I have good hands, but our team really didn't use me that way so I didn't get a lot of touches that way, but I can do whatever a team needs me to do."

Because Estill was a full-qualifier out of high school he is eligible to sign right now and as mentioned above, he will have two years to play two with the chance he can apply for a Medical Hardship once he arrives.

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