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September 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Watch out for running backs like Austin Joyner this year

In a story I wrote last week, I previewed some Puget Sound area running backs with great seasons last year who are expected to come back out this season and continue to wow.

Obviously, I couldn’t get everyone in the story, so here’s a list of more running backs to watch out for this season with some information about what they were able to accomplish last season.

Austin Joyner: 5-11, 186, Jr., Marysville-Pilchuck

-          First team all-conference running back and safety

-          Scout.com 4-star position rating

-          Offers from Oregon State, Portland State, Washington and Washington State

-          Last season: 2,038 rushing yards, 198 receiving yards, 22 rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns, average 14 yards per carry, 147 carries, 14 receptions

-          Runs 40 in 4.47 seconds

Henry Jarvis: 5-10, 208, Sr., Eastside Catholic

-          First team all-league running back

-          Nearly 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns including an 80-yard touchdown run

Brandon Wellington: 6-0, 180, So., Eastside Catholic

-          571 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman

-          According to coach Jeremy Thielbahr, he’s already been offered by Oregon State and Washington.

Jake Gellatly: 5-11, 210, Sr., Issaquah

-          First team all-division running back

-          More than 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns on more than 200 carries

-          According to coach Chris Bennett, he stands to break almost every rushing record at Issaquah High School, including the all-time touchdown record, all-time rushing record, single-game rushing record and the records for total carries and total yards.

Myles Gaskin: 5-10, 180, Jr., O’Dea

-          First team all-league running back

-          1,154 yards on 136 carries and 14 touchdowns

Jack Flor: 6-2, 215, Sr., O’Dea

-          First team all-league fullback

-          Runs hard, as seen last year in one game when he went 160 yards on nine carries and had three touchdowns.

Chico McClatcher: 5-8, 167, Jr., Federal Way

-          First team all-conference running back

-          Averaged more than 150 all-purpose yards and had 14 touchdowns last season.

-          Versatile running back with many college offers already

Budda Baker: 5-11, 178, Sr., Bellevue

-          First team all-league safety

-          Bellevue is good enough and deep enough that they don’t have to use him even though he could be one of the best in the area.

-          He’s explosive, as seen last season when he had an 89-yard touchdown run in one game and a 53-yard touchdown in another. He also put up big numbers in Bellevue’s 2013 season opener win against Skyline.

Conner Baumann: 6-2, 230, Sr., Newport

-          First team all-division running back

-          More than 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 13 yards per carry

-          In one game last year, went for 236 yards and two touchdowns.

Colin Cossette: 6-0, 210, Sr., Kennedy Catholic

-          First team all-league running back

-          Rushed for more than 1,000 yards

Drew Lewis: 6-3, 200, Sr., Eastlake

-          First team all-division running back

-          809 yards, nine touchdowns, average six yards per carry last season

Honorable mention – Devante Downs: 6-3, 215, Sr., Mountlake Terrace

-          Won’t be playing this season due to an ACL injury, but doesn’t seem right not to mention him.

-          Committed to California. Graduating from high school in the winter, and enrolling at Cal in January. Should be at college for spring semester and football spring camp.

-          Last year, rushed for 1,300 yards and 23 touchdowns.

-          First team all-division running back and linebacker

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