Justin Stockton, a 2,000-yard rusher each of the last two years at Cibolo Steele, will play as a true freshman this year, running backs coach Mike Jinks said. Demarcus Felton, who ran for 1,700 yards last year at Spring Dekaney, might, too.
But Stockton’s speed ensures he won’t redshirt.
“It’s elite. It’s special,” Jinks said. “He can go 60 in the blink of an eye with his ability to accelerate.”
Jinks said Felton has plus speed as well.
“They’ve got that ability to go 80 at any time,” Jinks said. “We’ve been lacking that here for the last couple of years, and I think they’ve brought that back.”
Jinks said Stockton and Felton could be used in a fashion similar to how 2013 senior Sadale Foster was used last season: at running back and slot receiver. Coaches limited starting tailback DeAndre Washington’s playing time in Saturday’s scrimmage to take a longer look at sophomore Quinton White and the two freshmen.
White displayed flashy moves in limited time last season, but his coach wanted to see him develop in other ways.
“Q was Q. He had a couple of those spin moves,” Jinks said, grinning. “The thing that I appreciated and enjoyed the most, he ran physical and he really added a toughness to our offensive team.”
Washington and White are the 1-2 at tailback with Stockton assured of a spot and Felton also under consideration.
“I think it depends on whether they can help us on special teams,” Jinks said. “If we feel like they’ll be able to help us on (special) teams, neither one of them will redshirt.”