The Tucker football program is known for producing great running backs and this year is no different.
The Tigers have five players with more than 150 yards each on the season, including quarterback Jawann Williams. Running backs Dallas Rivers and Yusuf Minor are both averaging more than 100 yards per game. But through five games, Rivers leads all five running backs with 501 yards and nine touchdowns.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back, who also plays linebacker for the Tigers, has played football since he was 6 years old. He has also played baseball and basketball, but football stuck with him.
“I just love the game of football,” he said. “I love the contact, and just getting out there and playing with my teammates.”
Although Rivers leads the Tucker running backs in total yards and touchdowns, Minor leads the group in rushing yards attempted average (17.8) and yards per game (118.3).
“We both are pretty good players and we just go out there and do our jobs,” Rivers said.
The junior running back has already received interest letters from some of the top college football programs in the nation, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and others. Rivers said he doesn’t have a dream college that he wants to play for but he would like to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) or the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
“I want to be somewhere close to home,” he said.
Rivers said in 10 years he sees himself playing professional football.
“But if I’m not in football I hope to fall back [on a career],” he said. “I want to be an architect or an engineer if football doesn’t work out.”
Rivers, who currently has a 3.5 GPA, said he likes drawing and math.
“I like dealing with numbers,” he said.
Although his team suffered a loss Oct. 12 against Stephenson, Rivers said his team will continue to work hard to have a successful season.
“We’ve got to bounce back and keep striving to get better every day and go out and perform well on Friday nights,” he said.